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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment 2013: Chapter 5, Amphibians and Reptiles

Arctic Biodiversity Assessment 2013: Chapter 3, Mammals

The proceedings from the eighth CBird meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.

Arctic Biodiversity Assessment 2013: Chapter 2, Species Diversity in the Arctic

Arctic Biodiversity Assessment 2013: Chapter 1, Synthesis

Arctic Biodiversity Assessment 2013: Chapter 1, Synthesis: implications for conservation

The CBird newsletter, a tool for exchanging seabird information and publishing summaries of CBird activities.

This is the first truely circumpolar overview of Arctic biodiversity and provides a clear understanding of the importance of the Earth's largest ecoregion and its status in the face of a rapidly changing world.

The overall goal of the workshop was to identify possible synergies between organisations and networks working with Arctic terrestrial biodiversity, and to agree on common actions to improve the collaboration and communication (see appendix 1 and 2 for further information about agenda and participants).

This report is a technical account of a Gap Analysis Project conducted for the Russian Arctic in 1997-1999 in support of the Circumpolar Protected Areas Network (CPAN) of CAFF. It updates the status and spatial distribution of protected areas within the CAFF area of the Russian Federation and provides, in 22 GIs based maps and several data sets, a wealth of information relevant for present and future management decisions related to habitat conservation in the Russian Arctic.

Proceedings of the first Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group workshop to develop a multidisciplinary, integrated, pan-Arctic, long-term terrestrial biodiversity monitoring plan. 

This report provides an overview of porposals made by CAFF countries for new and/or enlarged protected areas in the Arctic.

An assessment on the status of protected areas in the Arctic, as of 1994.

The goal of the workshop was (i) for selected protected area experts and practitioners to discuss relevant arctic protected areas issues and opportunities for coordinated approaches to biodiversity monitoring, (2) to review the provide opportunity for all Arctic Council country and permanent participants to share key monitoring considerations for the group to address; (3)and provide direction and enhancements to the draft protected area discussion paper in preparation for the development of an arctic protected area monitoring framework.

This documents the vascular flora of the Arctic to identify rare taxa endemic to the region, establish an annotated list of these taxa, and determine the level of protection currently afforded these plants.

Twenty-two scientists, managers and community experts from the five Arctic polar bear nations, met in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to help develop a pan-Arctic monitoring plan for polar bears as part of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF). 

For this report, twenty-two indicators were selected to provide a snapshot of the trends being observed in Arctic biodiversity today.

A summary of the outcomes of the first international meeting of the Freshwater Expert Monitoring Group (FEMG) of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Montioring Program (CBMP).


The references for the Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Selected indicators of Change report.

A compilation of abstractis, charter and recommendations presented at the CFG First International Workshop: Uppsala, Sweden: March 27-29, 2001.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Summary Booklet


A twelve page summary booklet highlighting the key findings and emerging issues and challenges as featured in the full report.

Available in:

Danish
Finnish
German
Greenlandic
Icelandic
Norwegian
Russian
Swedish

A compilation of abstracts presented at the meeting on topics including the Circumboreal Vegetation Map (CBVM), database generation, GLORIA, and the CircumArctic Vegetation Map (CAVM).


A presentation on the Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Selected Indicators of Change report.

A compilation of abstracts presented at the meeting on topics including the Circumboreal Vegetation Mapping (CBVM) project, Red Lists, and database development.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #22, Linguistic Diversity

The status and trend of indicator species #22, linguistic diversity, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

A compilation of abstracts, charter and recommendations on the Circumboreal Vegetation Map (CBVM).

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #21, Changes in Protected Areas

The status and trend of indicator species #21, changes in protected areas, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

A meeting to discuss the implementation of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Montioring Program (CBMP, intended to detect changes in the natural environment, provide an early warning system, contribute to development and evaluation of national monitoring plans; and provide for timely and cost-effective sharing of information to Arctic and non-Arctic users.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #20,  Changes in Harvest

The status and trend of indicator species #20, changes in harvest, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

CAFF/AMAP Workshop on Climate Change: Rovaniemi, Finland: March 24-25, 1998 was held so that the two programs could jointly discuss the potential impacts of climate change on the Arctic and provide holistic recommendations to the Arctic Council.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #19, Seabird Harvest

The status and trend of indicator species #19, seabird harvest, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

CAFF/AMAP Workshop on a Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program: Reykjavik, Iceland: February 7-9, 2000 was held to advance work on biodiversity and climate change montioring in the circumpolar Arctic.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #18, Reindeer Herding

The status and trend of indicator species #18, reindeer herding, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.


A document designed to coordinate monitoring activities of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP), as both working groups of the Arctic Council have vested interests in the biological effects of various impact factos including climate change.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #17, Impacts of Human Activities on Benthic Habitat

The status and trend of indicator species #17, impacts of human activities on benthic habitat, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

Strategic Plan for the Conservation of Arctic Biological Diversity

A planning document that identifies five priority objectives to give the Cooperative Strategic for the Conservation of Biological Diversity in the Arctic Region (1997) effect.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #16, Changing Distribution of Marine Fish

The status and trend of indicator species #16, changing distributions of marine fish, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

Proposes objectives, means, details of data ownership, and initial analytical tools of sharing seabird information across the Arctic on the internet to improve conservation efforts by providing a tool to analize seabird status and trends information on a circumpolar scale.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #15, Effects of Decreased Freshwater Ice Cover Duration on Biodiversity

The status and trend of indicator species #15, effects of decreased freshwater ice cover duration on biodiversity, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

International Murre Conservation Strategy and Action Plan

A report that aims to facilitate circumpolar implementation of initiatives to conserve, protect and restore murre populations in the Arctic.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #14, Arctic Peatlands

The status and trend of indicator species #14, Arctic peatlands, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

International Ivory Gull Conservation Strategy and Action Plan

An Internaitonal Ivory Gull Conservation Strategy and Action Plan developed to gain more insight into how this under-studied bird responds to increasing threats from disappearance of sea ice habitat, natural resource exploration and increased contaminant loads and to facilitate circumpolar implementation of initiatives to conserve and protect the Ivory Gull in the circumpolar Arctic.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #13, Appearing and Disappearing Lakes in the Arctic and their Impacts on Biodiversity

The status and trend of indicator species #13, appearing and disappearing lakes in the Arctic and their impacts on biodiversity, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

A Strategy for Developing Indices and Indicators to Track Status and Trends in Arctic Biodiversity

A strategy for developing indices and indicators for monitoring Arctic biodiversity in the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP). Targeted and consistent reporting will help meet the program's information and communication needs.  

Available in Russian / на русском языке

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #12, Reproductive Phenology in Terrestrial Ecosystems

The status and trend of indicator species #12, reproductive phenology in terrestrial ecosystem, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

The concept paper behind the International Arctic Vegetation Database (IAVD), and international project to produce a complete database on vascular plants, bryophytes and liches that exist in the Arctic.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #11, Greening of the Arctic

The status and trend of indicator species #11, greening of the Arctic, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

Highlights potential cooperative actions between CAFF and Wetlands international with a focus on inclusion of Wetland International's global and flyway initiatives in the Circumpolar Biodiversity monitoring Program (CBMP).

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #10, Arctic Sea Ice Ecosystems

>The status and trend of indicator species #10, Arctic sea-ice ecosystems, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

Circumpolar Eider Conservation Strategy and Action Plan

Drastic decline in eider populations, combined with their circumpolar distribution, increased hunting pressures and cultural significance led CBird to develop a Circumpolar Eider Conservation Strategy and Action Plan to facilitate circumpolar efforts to conserve, protect and restore eider populations.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #09 Arctic Genetic Diversity

The status and trend of indicator species #9, Arctic genetic diversity, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

Lessons learned from the ECORA project, acase study to adopt and implement integrated ecosystem management strategies and action plans in three Model Areas representing different ecosystems and anthropogenic pressures in Russia.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #08, The Arctic Species Trend Index

The status and trend of indicator species #8, The Arctic Species Trend Index.

ECORA: An Integrated Ecosystems Management Approach to Conserve Biodiversity and Minimise Habitat Fragmentation in Three Selected Model Areas in the Russian Arctic

The ECORA project aimed to secure the integrity of some of the world’s last remaining pristine areas and support the livelihoods of indigenous and local peoples. The development objective of the project was the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the Russian Arctic. The immediate objective was the adoption and initial implementation of integrated ecosystem management strategies and action plans in three Model Areas representing different ecosystems and anthropogenic pressures.

Available in Russian/на русском языке

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #07, Invasive Species (Human-induced)

The status and trend of indicator species #7, invasive species (human-induced), in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

Provides an overall conservation fromework for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and strategic direction relating to the goals of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #06, Arctic Char

The status and trend of indicator species #6, Arctic char, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

A Strategy for Facilitating and Developing Community-based Monitoring: Approaches in Arctic Biodiversity Monitoring

A strategy for integrating Arctic community-based monitroing efforts into the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP). 

Available in Russian / на русском языке

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #05, Seabirds - Common Eider

The status and trend of indicator species #5, seabirds - common eider, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

The CBVM intends to produce an internationally agreed upon circumboreal vegetation map with a common legend and language for use in decision making.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #04, Seabirds - Murres, Guillemots

The status and trend of indicator species #4, seabirds - murre/guillemots, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

This discussion paper outlines ideas for bringing all efforts at monitoring biodiversity in the Arctic together, allowing for better coordination in implementing the programmes, and for more coordinated analysis of the results.

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #03, Shorebird - Red Knot

The status and trend of indicator species #3, shorebirds- re knot, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

A project plan that outlines the vision, background, purpose and framework for an internationally agreed upon Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (ASDI).

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Indicator #02, Wild Reindeer and Caribou

The status and trend of indicator species #2, the wild reindeer and caribou, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

Outlines the need for and the process to create an internationally agreed upon Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure that will provide for access to spatially related reliable information over the Arctic to facilitate monitoring and decision making. It is a pan-Arctic cooperative initiative based on input from the National Mapping Organisations of all eight Arctic Council countries.

The status and trend of indicator species #1, the polar bear, in the Arctic Biodiversity Trend 2010 report.

Outlines the emerging issues and challenges that Arctic wildlife and ecosystems face, as well as the challenges in conservation and protection as identified in the Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010 report.

The seven key findings from the Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Selected indicators of Change report.

Introduction to the Arctic Biodiveristy Trends 2010: Selected Indicators of Change report.

A document outlining the basic principles and guidelines for authors of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) scientific report.

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The Arctic Biodiveristy Assessment (ABA) work plan and financial strategy.

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Edu Spring InariSaamiMondiet kiâ lii nuuvt eromâs äigi ivveest? Piäivás pástá, lodeh visârdeh, sadoh liäuh. Printtii já okkii taam lummâuáppá, vâi peesah tuhâskyetti mii kiuv tábáhtuvá tuu jieijâd kuávlust!

As assessment of seabird harvest in the Arctic by the Circumpolar Seabird Group (CBird).

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Arktisii kuávlu lááduin láá ennuv elleeh já sadoh! Printtii já okkii taam lummâuáppá, vâi peesah tuhâskyetti arktisijd lááduid já elleid já saddoid, moh tain já toi aldasijn ääsih!

A Concept Paper prepared for CAFF that describes several species which depend on sea ice for essential life functions including foraging, reproduction, protection from predators and cold water immersion, a platform for traveling, resting, and nursing, as well as some species that associate with sea ice for parts of the year. This paper specifically discusses ice algae and protists, Arctic cod, ivory gulls, thick-billed murres, spectacled and king eiders, polar bears, ringed seals, bearded seals, walruses, narwhals, beluga whales and bowhead whales.

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Arktisii kuávlu lááduin láá ennuv elleeh já sadoh! Printtii já okkii taam lummâuáppá, vâi peesah tuhâskyetti arktisijd lááduid já elleid já saddoid, moh tain já toi aldasijn ääsih!

This paper reviews the principles, mechanisms and criteria used by CAFF countries to establish protected areas.

This Leaders Manual in Inuktitut and its related pocket field guide look at some of the organisms and processes closely associated with tundra. The pocket guide focuses on a set of plants, animals and other organisms with brief information about how they fit into an ecosystem.

The leaders' manual provides background information about the tundra, the nature of ecosystems and some of the changes and threats that could affect Arctic ecosystems and biodiversity. Appendix A, provides more detailed information about the organisms in the pocket field guide. Appendix B provides printable worksheets for the activities designed to get young people either individually or in groupsout on the land and actively investigating the natural world around them.

 

(In Inuktitut)

This report compiles information on proposed protected areas and an analysis of gaps in the network of existing and proposed protected areas using Geographical Information System (GIS) techniques.

The tundra supports such amazing animals and plants!

Print out and put together this pocket guide to help you explore this environment: see if you can spot birds and caribou!

(size letter North America) 

Workshop goals were to: outline past trends and the current situation for sea ice-associated biodiversity and project what might happen in the future; consider issues facing sea ice-associated biodiversity and what actions might be required to adapt to or mitigate the effects of reduced availability of Arctic sea ice; outline a technical report on the effects of sea ice loss on ice-associated biodiversity and determine next steps.

The tundra supports such amazing animals and plants!

Print out and put together this pocket guide to help you explore this environment: see if you can spot birds and caribou!

(size A4 international) 

This report introduces the topic of incidental take of seabirds in commercial fisheries and describes the fisheries industries, seabird bycatch and impacts in Alaska (U.S.A.), Canada, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Russia, and provides national recommendations.

What makes spring such a special time of year? The sun is shining, birds are chirping, plants are blooming.

Print out and put together this pocket guide to help you explore what happens during spring in your area!

(size letter North America)

The report analyzes various human activities and the disturbances they may cause in Arctic seabird colonies and makes recommendations to reduce the harm in such activities.

What makes spring such a special time of year? The sun is shining, birds are chirping, plants are blooming.

Print out and put together this pocket guide to help you explore what happens during spring in your area!

(International A4 paper size)

This report describes the migratory birds of the Arctic, their migration systems, and how they are already protected under international legislation when they leave the Arctic.

Ponds in the Arctic are full of life! Print out and put together this pocket guide to help you get out and explore Arctic ponds and the animals and plants in and around them!

 

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The CAFF Working Group of the Arctic Council hosted this workshop on the incidental catch of seabirds in the waters of Arctic countries in response to recommendations put forth in the recent CAFF Technical Report No. 1 entitled Incidental Take of Seabirds in Commercial Fisheries in the Arctic Countries. A second focus of the workshop was longline incidental catch, in response to The International Plan of Action for Reducing Incidental Catch of Seabirds in Longline Fisheries a voluntary instrument of the FAO.

Ponds in the Arctic are full of life! Print out and put together this pocket guide to help you get out and explore Arctic ponds and the animals and plants in and around them!

 

(Size A4 international paper)


A summary of international marine conservation instruments and national legislation of the six Arctic coastal states that border on the Arctic Ocean.

The tundra supports such amazing animals and plants! Print out and put together this pocket guide to help you explore this environment: see if you can spot birds and caribou!

(North American letter size) 


This technical report introduces the topic of seabird harvest regimes and describes the seabird harvest regimes and impacts in Alaska (U.S.A.), Canada, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Russia, and provides national recommendations.

The tundra supports such amazing animals and plants! Print out and put together this pocket guide to help you explore this environment: see if you can spot birds and caribou!

(size A4 international) 

Descriptions of the natural physical, natural ecological, economic, cultural, subsistence use, educations, landscape, societal, scientific and recreational values of Arctic protected areas.


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