“The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment found that climate change was one of the greatest threats to our nature and the report is an important part of our knowledge building about climate change impacts on our nature. It is important for us all to stand as one and contribute to this work, for only in this way can we safeguard a healthy nature for posterity as well”

Miiti Lynge, Minister for Housing, Nature and the Environment, Greenland at the NorBalWet conference

George Burba/shutterstock.comSeptember 10, 2013, Ilulissat, Greenland- Last week the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council provided an Arctic perspective to the Nordic-Baltic Wetlands Initiative (NorBalWet) conference, a regional initiative under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, to discuss northern wetlands and climate change.

The recent Arctic Biodiversity Assessment has identified climate change as the most prominent environmental driver affecting freshwater ecosystems, their ability to function and their related biodiversity. Click here to read more about the Freshwater Ecosystems chapter of the ABA

The conference, entitled “Nordic wetlands in a time of climate change, mitigation, resilience and adaptation” identified impacts of climate change on wetlands, explored their function in regulating climate, and sought opportunities for solutions.  Participants discussed how NorBalWet stakeholders may address relevant Ramsar resolutions regarding wetlands, climate change, and Ramsar sites. The conversation also included recommendations for improving collaboration and information exchange in the Nordic-Baltic region.

In July 2012 CAFF signed a Resolution of Cooperation with the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention. As part of this cooperation, CAFF was invited to share its circumpolar knowledge and experience during the workshop and explore possibilities for professional collaboration between CAFF and NorBalWet. 


Tom Barry, CAFF, Miiti Lynge, Greenland Minister for Housing, Nature and the Environment, Inge Thaulow, Government of Greenland and Tobias Salathe, Ramsar Secretariat attend the NorBalWet meetingTom Barry

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Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna

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Chair of NorBalWet

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About NorBalWet

NorBalWet initiative is an operational measure to provide effective support for improved implementation of the objectives of the Ramsar Convention, thereby contributing to more effective conservation and wise use of wetlands and enhanced international wetlands co-operation in the Nordic-Baltic region. The Nordic Baltic region covers a wide geographic area which includes Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Oblasts from North-West Russia. Greenland is the Chair of NorBalWet.

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