Here you will find a list of CAFF/Arctic Council-related events at the IPY conference. Times and dates are set by conference organizers and are subject to change.


Monday April 23

Media event 13:00

The Arctic Species Trend Index

Room: media event

Join Anthon Frederiksen (Minister of Domestic Affairs, Nature and the Environment, Greenland), Gustav Lind (Senior Arctic Officials Chair), a Government of Canada representative, Mike GIll (Chair, CBMP), and Tom Barry(Executive Secretary of CAFF) as they present on the latest findings from a new analysis of the Arctic Species Trend Index, (ASTI) an index that illustrates overall spatial and temporal trends in fish, bird and mammal species. 

Data additions and extensions have improved the ASTI since its 2010 release. Scientists have since conducted in-depth analysis on the Arctic marine species, and additional spatial analysis.


Parallel session 13:30-15:00

2.4.4 Communities and Change: Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation

Room: 524C

14h00 - Participation of the Russian Indigenous Peoples in the IPY Research Project

P.V. Sulyandziga1, T.Yu. Semenova2

1Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON), Russia2Russian Research Institute for Cultural and Natural Heritage, Moscow, Russia

Parallel Sessions 15:30-17:00

1.2.5 Indigenous and Local Knowledge (Research Methods/Technological Innovations)

Room: 520BC

16:45 - Arctic Indigenous and Local Knowledge and Expertise as Independent Data Sources for Capturing Socio-economic and Environmental Changes in the Bering Sea Sub Network (BSSN): Methods, Results and Their Application in Science and Policy

V. Gofman1, L. Alessa2, P. Cochran3, A. Kliskey2, M. Smith1

1Aleut International Association, Anchorage, Alaska, United States2Resilience and Adaptive Management Group, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK, U3Alaska Native Science Commission, Anchorage, Alaska, United States

1.4.2 Human Health and Well-being, including Food Security

Room: 520EF

16:00 - Building a Framework on How to Assess Food Security in the Alaskan Arctic

C. Behe

1Inuit Circumpolar Council – Alaska, Anchorage United States of America

2.3.5 Impacts of Change and Development on Biodiversity and Polar Ecosystem Services

Room: 524C

15:30 CARMA-IPY Project Synthesis: Herd-Specific Vulnerabilities of Migratory Tundra Rangifer to Global Change

D. Russell1, A. Gunn2, R.G. White3, G. Kofinas4, S. Kutz5, C. Daniel6, P.H. Whitfield7

1Yukon College, Whitehorse Canada2Salt Spring Island Canada3University of Alaska, Fairbanks USA4University of Alaska, Fairbanks USA5University of Calgary, Calgary Alberta6ApexRMS, Ottawa Canada7Environment Canada, Vancouver Canada

Poster Sessions 17:00-19:00


Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group: Developing a Plan for the Circumpolar Arctic


freshwaterpresentBiodiversity of Arctic Freshwaters: Developing the CAFF-CBMP Integrated Monitoring Plan



Closed Meeting 17:00-19:00

CBMP Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group

Room: 512F

Tuesday April 24

Parallel sessions 10:00-12:00

2.3.5 Impacts of Change and Development on Biodiversity and Polar Ecosystem Services

Room: 520D

10:30 - Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) - Marine Plan Integrated Monitoring to Strengthen Decision-Making

J. Watkins1, K. Crane2, M. Gill3, G.R. Hindrum4

1Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa, Canada2National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington, USA3Environment Canada, Whitehorse, Canada4Directorate for Nature Management, Trondheim, Norway


 2.5.4 Accessing, Sharing and Preserving Data as a Legacy of IPY

Room: 524C

11:15 - Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI): Pan-Arctic Cooperation among Ten Mapping Agencies

M. Skedsmo1, F. Taylor2, O. Palmer3, M. Guðmundsson4

1Norwegian Mapping Authority, Tromsø, Norway2Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada3Lantmäteriet, Kiruna, Sweden4National Land Survey Iceland, Akranes, Iceland

The Arctic SDI is a pan-Arctic cooperative initiative among ten National Mapping Agencies from Canada, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States.

4.1.1 Communicating Polar Science

Room: 515AB

11:00 - Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA), Communication and Outreach

R. Shearer1, M.S. Olsen2, L-O. Reiersen3, S. Wilson3, J. Pawlak3, H. Thing4, L. Mathiasen5, J. Bendtsen5

1Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Ottawa, Canada2Danish Energy Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark3AMAP secretariat, Oslo, Norway4University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark5Alpha Film, Copenhagen, Denmark


3.2.2 Perceptions of Arctic Change

Room: 513EF

11:15 - The Relationship between Politics and Arctic Monitoring and Assessment - Changing Perspectives?

L.-O. Reiersen, S.J. Wilson

1Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) Secretariat, Oslo, Norway


2.4.5 Polar Governance, Policy, and Management

Room: 516D

11:45 - The Arctic Council - An Emerging Actor in Arctic Shipping Regulation? : Turning Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment Recommendations
into Action

P. Graczyk1,2

1University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway2University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Plenary Panel: Adaptation to Change


Dr. Gustaf Lind (Sweden), Chair, Arctic Council and Swedish Ambassador for the Arctic

Mr. Jack Hébert (United States), President and CEO, Cold Climate Housing Research Centre

Mr. Duane Smith (Canada), President, Inuit Circumpolar Council of Canada.

Mr. Jon Edvard Sundness (Norway) CEO, Tschudi Shipping Company

MODERATOR : Mr. Andrew Revkin (United States) Journalist, NY Times and Senior Fellow, Pace University


Parallel Session 15:30-17:00



2.5.4 Accessing, Sharing and Perserving Data as a Legacy of IPY

Room: 524C

15:45 - Coordinating for Arctic Conservation: CBMP´s Distributed Biodiversity Montiroing Data Network



M. Svoboda1, K.F. Lárusson2, Ó. Erlingsdóttir2, M. Gill1, T. Barry2

1Environment Canada, Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program, 91780 Alaska Highway, Whitehorse, Canada2Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Akureyri, Iceland


Closed Meeting 17:00-19:00


CBMP Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group

Room: 512F


CBMP Marine Expert Monitoring and Implementation Meeting

Room: 512G


Wednesday April 25

Parallel Sessions 10:00-12:00


1.4.1 Natural Resource Exploration, Exploitation and Commercial Activities including Tourism (Arctic Development)

Room: 520D

10:30 - Key Drivers and Futures for Arctic Marine Use: Outcomes of the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment

L. W. Brigham

1University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, USA


Parallel Sessions 13:30-15:00

2.4.4 Communities and Change: Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation

Room: 524C

13:30 - Reindeer Herders' Vulnerability Network Study (EALÁT): From Knowledge to Action on Climate Change Adaptation

A. Oskal3,1, R.G. Corell1,5, S.D. Mathiesen1,2,3, J.M. Turi3,1, O.H. Magga4

1UArctic EALÁT Institute at ICR, Kautokeino, Norway2Norwegian School of Veterinary Science,Tromsø, Norway3International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR), Kautokeino, Norway4Sámi University College, Kautokeino, Norway5Global Environment and Technology Foundation,Washington DC, USA


Plenary Panel: Adaptation to Change


Dr. Mike J. Gill (Canada): Chair, Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Project and Head, Biodiversity and Species at Risk Section, Environment Canada

Mr. Mikael Thinghuus (Greenland): Group CEO, Royal Greenland Fishing Company

Dr. Paul Holthus (USA): Executive Director, World Ocean Council

Dr. Jacqueline McGlade (United Kingdom): Executive Director, European Environment Agency



Parallel Sessions 15:30-17:00



1.5.2 Polar Observing Systems and Remote Sensing

Room: 520BC

15:45 - Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group: Developing a Plan for the Circumpolar Arctic

J. Payne1, T. Christensen2, M. Svoboda3, M. Gill4

1North Slope Science Initiative, Anchorage, Alaska, USA2Aarhus University, Aarhus C Denmark3Environment Canada, Whitehorse, YT, Canada4Chair, Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program, Whitehorse, YT, Canada



Closed Meeting 17:00-19:00


CBMP Marine Expert Monitoring and Implementation Meeting

Room: 512G


Thursday April 26

Parallel Sessions 13:30-15:00


3.1.5 Information to Support Decision-Making

Room: 514AB

14:15 - Coordinating for Arctic Conservation: Implementing Integrated Arctic Biodiversity Monitoring, Data Management and Reporting

M. Gill, M. Svoboda

1Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program, Whitehorse, Canada


Side event 17:00-19:00


CBMP Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS) launch, Seabird Information Network (SIN)


Room 510AC


Mike Gill and Michael Svoboda will present on the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program's development of the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS), the interoperable, web-based system in development for displaying, accessing and managing various Arctic biodiversity data types and layers. The ABDS is a powerful new tool to gather, aggregate and disseminate biodiversity data, leading to more efficient and effective reporting to various user groups including scientists, natural resource managers, and policy makers.


The ABDS will be presented in the context of theSeabird Information Network's (SIN) Circumpolar Seabird Data Portal, an excellent an exciting example of the power of sharing biodiversity information through the web.


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