Join us Sunday March 13 at the Arctic Science Summit Week for a special session on "Collaboration, Progress and Implementation of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP).”

The special session will bring together representatives from the marine, terrestrial, freshwater and coastal components of the CBMP as well as U.S. and Kingdom of Denmark CBMP co-chairs to report on progress and products and seek input and discuss opportunities for collaboration, engagement, support, linkages, and data interoperability and accessibility.

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna’s (CAFF) chair and executive secretary will join CBMP representatives to place the importance of the CBMP in the context of wider Arctic Council work. A panel discussion comprised of international partners will identify how CAFF and the CBMP feed into and inform other regional and global processes. 

Collaboration, Progress and Implementation of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP)


Gruening room 413

9.00-9.30 Section 1: Introduction providing a brief overview of CAFF including the Action plan for implementing the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) recommendations, highlighting the CBMP as a key part of ABA implementation.

Speaker: CAFF Chair, Reidar Hindrum (Norwegian Environment Agency)

9.30-11:00 Section 2: Overview of CBMP its purpose and structure and implementation status, including examples on how CBMP outputs are being used, followed by brief intros for each monitoring group and a panel question and answer session.

Moderators: CBMP co-Chairs Tom Christensen (Aarhus University) and Jason Taylor (Bureau of Land Management). Speakers: Tom Barry (CAFF International Secretariat), Liza Jenkins, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), Chris Zimmerman (USGS), Rosa Meehan (ArcticTurn), Gabriela Ibarguchi (University of Calgary) and Rebecca Anderson (USGS).

11:30-12:30 Section 3: Panel discussion on how CAFF and the CBMP inform other regional and global processes and discussion on Arctic scenarios.

Moderators: Inge Thaulow (Department of Foreign Affairs, Greenland) and Gilbert Castellanos (USFWS). Speakers: Morten Rasch (INTERACT), Martin Sommerkorn (WWF Global Arctic Programme), Bob Rich (ARCUS), Denny Lassuy (North Slope Science Initiative), IUCN (speaker TBD), Global Earth Observations (speaker TBD).

White papers and statements

Poster session

  • Check out the posters available and don't miss our three CBMP related posters that will be displayed during the poster session March 16th and 17th, from 5:30-8 pm, both at the Wood Center, Second Floor Mezzanine


CBMP Co-Chairs

Tom Christensen (Aarhus University)

John Payne (Bureau of Land Management)

Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)

CAFF is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council and consists of National Representatives assigned by each of the eight Arctic Council Member States, representatives of Indigenous Peoples' organizations that are Permanent Participants to the Council, and Arctic Council observer countries and organizations. CAFF’s mandate is to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and to communicate its findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure the sustainability of the Arctic’s living resources. For more information:

Arctic States

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Permanent Participants

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