Wetland. Photo: Pi-Lens/Shutterstock.comThe Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council is hosting a public event in partnership with the Arctic Council Canadian chairmanship, the Yukon Government and the Yukon Science Institute:

“Arctic waters and biodiversity in a time of change”

The event will bring together Arctic experts to present and discuss the changes facing Arctic communities in light of the environmental changes to Arctic freshwater and sea ice ecosystems.

Speakers will present the latest scientific findings on freshwater and sea ice ecosystems and wildlife from the Life Linked to Ice report (to be released at 12 noon earlier that day) and the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report (released in May 2013), and describe the effects on communities.

Speakers include:

  • Patrick Borbey, chair of the Senior Arctic Officials
  • Risa Smith, CAFF chair, Environment Canada
  • Colleen Henry, project coordinator, Arctic Athabaskan Council
  • Lindsay Staples, contributing author, Life Linked to Ice report
  • Todd Powell, manager, Biodiversity Programs, Environment Yukon

Speakers will be available for interview after the event.

Date: October 23, 2013

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, Kilometre 1423 (Mile 886) Alaska Hwy., Whitehorse, Yukon



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