CBMP partners include the biodiversity monitoring networks that underpin the program, as well as organizations that actively participate in CBMP initiatives and/or are directly working with the Program on targeted pilot projects.

Together, partners' efforts help build knowledge and capacity in the programR17;s key areas. 


CAFF Member Country Partners


Indigenous Organizations


Observer Country Partners


Other Partners

The CBMP is comprised of over 700 individual members.


If your organization wishes to join the CBMP and contribute to Arctic biodiversity monitoring and conservation then please contact us. We would be pleased to consider your involvement.


Far too often, monitoring information fails to make the leap from the scientific realm of peer-reviewed studies and journals to the policy and media arenas, where far-reaching resource management decisions are made and public awareness is shaped.

The CBMP aims to make frequent and compelling reports on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity in order to close the gap between monitoring and meaningful results. The CBMP will rely on a broad suite of communication, education and outreach tools to report on its progress, implementation and results, including interactive mapping, print publications, and digital media.

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The demand for accessible, current and accurate information on Arctic biodiversity is increasing. The CBMP strives to communicate biodiversity information - in audience preferred timelines, languages and scales - to those that require this information for decision making. Specific audiences include circumpolar policy- and decision- makers, natural resource managers, Arctic residents, northern communities, industry, non-governmental organizations and the scientific community. 

Northern communities and Arctic residents are a key target audience for the CBMP, as changes to Arctic biodiversity have a direct and significant impact on the livelihood of communities. Northern communities seek out products that include biodiversity indicators depicting regionally relevant status and trends information, summary reports and regional level predictive ecosystem maps, and models identifying anticipated changes to ecosystems in a specific region.

Decision-makers operate at multiple geographic scales and require accurate information on biodiversity status, trends, and causes of change in order to make the most informed decisions. Products designed to meet these needs include biodiversity indices and indicators (at various scales), ecosystem vulnerability assessments, policy recommendations, conservation plans, and predictive models. Education and outreach activities will be geared towards Arctic communities and focus on issues of community importance, such as climate change adaptation and the harvest of wild foods.

The scientific community is interested in comprehensive, detailed data. The Arctic Biodiversity Data Service are intended to be a main tool for this audience to compile findings and conduct analysis.

As the CBMP expands, communications activities will be reviewed to ensure relevance and utility for audiences. Overcoming challenges such as technological and language barriers will require an assessment of available resources and channels.



The CBMP will work with members and partners to develop and promote best methods for monitoring Arctic biodiversity across the entire circumpolar region and publish Arctic Biodiversity Monitoring Plans related to the marine, freshwater, terrestrial and coastal environments. Coordinating these efforts involves identifying, strengthening and integrating the existing species-, ecosystem- and habitat-based networks with a number of site-based, regional and relevant global and "umbrella" networks.

Coordination through Expert Monitoring Groups (EMGs)

Photographing wildlife/ Photo: Carsten Egevang, Arc-Pic.comThe CBMP has established Expert Monitoring Groups (EMGs) representing major Arctic biomes - marinefreshwaterterrestrial and coastal - to lead the capacity buildingcoordination of monitoring, reporting, data management and communication activities. The CBMP office will provide the overall coordination of the EMGs, ensuring connectivity, linkages and compatibility.

These EMGs will design and implement on-the-ground monitoring and develop strategies to fill critical knowledge gaps. They will include and engage community, scientific and Indigenous experts. Each group will:

  • make use of existing monitoring and data, 
  • draw on expertise from inside and outside the Arctic and from other disciplines,
  • incorporate local and traditional knowledge and science based approaches,
  • develop standardized protocols and analytical tools,
  • use existing and emerging technologies such as remote sensing and genetic barcoding where appropriate.


Development of EMGs

Breakout group of the Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group at their first workshop Each EMG will develop as follows:

  • CAFF country leads or co-leads will be identified to provide the sponsorship and development of each EMG.
  • Terms of reference will be developed to outline the EMG’s responsibilities, objectives and interaction with the CBMP office and the other EMGs.
  • Members of each EMG will be identified.
  • Background papers will be developed for each EMG, providing an overview of the main issues facing the biome in question, the current monitoring capacity, and suggested criteria for choosing biodiversity elements and parameters to monitor. Background papers will inventory and assess current monitoring programs allowing for knowledge gap identification and creation of strategies to fill gaps.
  • Each background paper will undergo a 30 day peer review process, with revisions completed prior to commencement of the workshop series.
  • Over the course of two workshops, the following issues will be addressed within the context of the background papers:
    • What key elements and parameters should be monitored for this biome? Why? What key information would each parameter provide?
    • What priority should be assigned to each parameter?
    • What, if any, monitoring or assessment has been or is being conducted that addresses these priority elements and parameters? Where/when? What organizations and networks are responsible for this monitoring?
    • What methods have been, are, or should be used (including novel technologies)?
    • At what scale and frequency should each parameter be monitored (e.g., pan-Arctic vs. regional vs. local, seasonal vs. annual vs. longer periods)?
    • Where and when should each parameter be monitored?
    • What research and monitoring networks will be involved in the monitoring?
  • Answers will guide the development of Arctic Biodiversity Monitoring Plans. Regional working groups (inter-agency/network teams) will be responsible for adopting and implementing the Integrated Monitoring Plans in specific regions of the Arctic.
  • Each EMG will then be re-organized into a smaller ‘steering group’ which will facilitate ongoing communication amongst and between the regional working groups implementing the integrated monitoring plans and the CBMP office.



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