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Resilience And Management Of Arctic Wetlands - Phase 2 Report

CAFF Wetlands Phase2 Report 2021Resilience And Management Of Arctic Wetlands
Phase 2 Report
May 2021
Arctic wetlands store an enormous amount of global carbon, offer crucial support for global biodiversity, and provide important ecosystem services for indigenous and other communities

AMBI: Working with Indigenous Communities on Migratory Birds

CAFF AMBI case study examples lowrez 1Working with Indigenous Communities on Migratory Birds - case studies of relevance to the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI). 

MAY 2021

AMBI mid-term evaluation 2021: summary of 2019-2020 activities and advice for implementation

CAFF AMBI mid term evaluation 2021 lowrez 1 This mid term evaluation provides a summary of 2019-2020 activities and advice for implementation for the Arctic Migratory Birds Intiative (AMBI).

MAY 2021

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) Revised Work Plan 2019-2025 (Revised May 2021)

CAFF AMBI Workplan 2019-2025Revised after mid-term evaluation January 2021.

Note: This document provides a list of objectives and actions that have been revised after the 2019-2020 AMBI Mid-term evaluation. Actions were revised to offer better clarity and provide opportunities for changing context and increasedopportunity for implementation.

This document is intended to be an accompanying document to the original Work Plan 2019-2025, which contains more information and context for AMBI activities.

MAY 2021

Resilience and Management of Arctic Wetlands: Key Findings and Recommendations

CAFF Wetlands Key findings Advice 1PHASE 2 REPORT
May 2021

Arctic wetlands are globally important as wildlife habitats and migration pathways, and through the role they play in maintaining healthy ecosystems, biodiversity, carbon storage and other ecosystem services

 

Arctic Youth Engagement Strategy: 2021-2026

CAFF YouthStrategy 2021 2026 1This document outlines the need for youth engagement and why it is valuable; it also addresses some key considerations and possible opportunities that CAFF should take into account as it implements future work. This strategy is directed to the CAFF Management Board and the broader Working Group and was developed with direct input from youth leaders who served as key advisers in developing this document. While youth can be defined across a broad spectrum of ages, CAFF has historically focused its work on three sub-groups including:

  • School-aged children between 5 and 17
  • University / early-career youth between 18 and 25
  • Post docs and other early-career experts between 23 and 35
Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Arctic Mining | Progress Report May 2021

CAFF Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Arctic Mining Progress Report May 2021 1The project goal is to provide guidance for the incorporation of biodiversity objectives and provisions into plans, operations, and other aspects of mining activities in the Arctic.

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program Strategic Plan: 2021-2025

210512 CAFF Statetgic Plan 2021 1The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) is the biodiversity monitoring program of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council.
The overall goal of the CBMP is to facilitate more rapid detection, understanding, prediction, communication, and response to the significant biodiversity-related trends and pressures in the Arctic. CBMP does this by:

  • Standardizing, coordinating, and enhancing existing Arctic monitoring efforts;
  • Collecting and harmonizing relevant biodiversity data, including increasing data accessibility, thereby improving the ability to detect and understand significant trends; and,
  • Reporting to, and communicating with, key decision makers and stakeholders, thereby enabling effective conservation and adaptation responses to changes in Arctic biodiversity.
北極渡り鳥イニシアティブ(AMBI):作業計画2019-2025(改訂版)

AMBI EAAF 2019 2023 J 1

北極渡り鳥イニシアティブ(AMBI)は、北極評議会の生物多様性作業部会である北極圏植物相・動物相保存作業部会(CAFF)のプロジェクトである。AMBI は、減少しつつある北極圏で繁殖する渡り鳥の保全状況を改善し、長期にわたって確実に持続可能となることを目指して策定された。AMBI は人々が共有する天然資源・文化財保全を通じて、渡り鳥が生計と精神の源であるような社会にとってもプラスの影響を与えることができるであろう。

2013 年の北極生物多様性評価によると、北極圏の多くの移動性の種、特に東アジア・オーストラリア地域のフライウェイを使う渡り鳥が、北極圏の外で、乱獲や生息地の改変という脅威にさらされている。

AMBI は、北極生物多様性評価の勧告8「広範囲に渡る移動性種の越冬地及び中継地並びにフライウェイとその他の渡り経路において、多くの渡り性の種の生息地の劣化や乱獲などの脅威を軽減する」の実施を提案している。

AMBI では、次の4つのフライウェイでの活動を計画している。

  • アフリカ・ユーラシア地域フライウェイ
  • 南北アメリカ地域フライウェイ
  • 周極地域フライウェイ
  • 東アジア・オーストラリア地域フライウェイ及び中央アジア地域フライウェイ
Plastic ingestion by seabirds in the circumpolar Arctic: A review

CAFF Seabirds Plastic LiteratureReview 2021 1Plastic ingestion by seabirds in the circumpolar Arctic: A review

January 2021

Review of plastic pollution policies of Arctic countries in relation to seabirds

CAFF Review PlasticPollution Policies Seabirds 2021 1Review of plastic pollution policies of Arctic countries in relation to seabirds

January 2021

Plastic Pollution in Seabirds: Developing a program to monitor plastic pollution in seabirds in the pan-Arctic region

CAFF AMBI Monitoring Plastics Seabirds 2021 1Developing a program to monitor plastic pollution in seabirds in the pan-Arctic region.

January 2021

Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Arctic Mining Phase 2 Project Plan

Phase2 ProjectPlanIn 2013, CAFF produced the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA). This assessment identified the primary factors impacting biodiversity across the Arctic and included recommendations to policy makers on how to address those stressors. One of the stressors is development, including resource extraction. Recommendation #4 of the ABA encourages all those working on development activities in the Arctic to incorporate biodiversity considerations in their planning and operations.

Iniciativa de Aves Migratorias del Ártico – Plan de Trabajo Revisado de la Ruta Migratoria de las Américas 2019-2025 / AMBI, Americas Work Plan, Revised 2021: English, Español

AMBI Americas Work Plan 2019-2025 (revised 2021)

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative, Americas Work Plan, Revised 2021

Note: This document provides a list of objectives and actions that have been revised after the 2019-2020 AMBI Mid-term evaluation. Actions were revised to offer better clarity and provide opportunities for changing context and increased pportunity for implementation. This document is intended to be an accompanying document to the original Work Plan, which contains more information and context for AMBI activities.

Iniciativa de Aves Migratorias del Ártico – Plan de Trabajo Revisado de la Ruta Migratoria de las Américas 2019-2023 

Nota: Este documento presenta una lista de objetivos y acciones que han sido revisados tras la evaluación de medio término de AMBI en 2020-2021. Las acciones fueron revisadas para ofrecer una mejor claridad, brindar oportunidades de cambio de contexto y mayor oportunidad de implementación. Este documento pretende ser un documento de acompañamiento del Plan de Trabajo original, que contiene más información y contexto para las actividades de AMBI.

 

International Black-legged Kittiwake - Conservation Strategy and Action Plan

cbird kittiwake conservationstragetyactionplanThe black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla, hereafter kittiwake) is a small pelagic seabird and is the most numerous gull species in the world. It has a circumpolar distribution, and breeds in the arctic and boreal zones of the Northern Hemisphere. It’s breeding distribution is widespread and ranges across the North Atlantic from the west coast to the Barents Sea, including Arctic Canada, Newfoundland and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, mainland Norway, Svalbard, Murman Coast, Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land. In the Pacific, the kittiwake breeds in the Russian Far East and Alaska, USA. The kittiwake spends most of the non-breeding period offshore. Most of those breeding in the North Atlantic spend the winter in the North-West Atlantic, over the shelf, slope and deep waters off Newfoundland and Labrador and south of Greenland, whereas the Pacific birds stay in cool, productive waters north of the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone.

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative: East Asian-Australasian Flyway Crosswalk Summary Results

This crosswalk analysis compares AMBI programme objectives and actions with those identified in complementary migratory bird agreements, conservation plans, environmental cooperation frameworks, and development agreements in the East Asian-Australasian flyway region.

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative: African Eurasian Crosswalk Summary Results

This crosswalk analysis compares AMBIprogramme objectives and actions with those identified in complementary migratory bird agreements, conservation plans, environmental cooperation frameworks, and development agreements in the African-Eurasian flyway region.

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative: African Eurasian Flyway (English, Français, Português, Español)

The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative African-Eurasian Flyway Workplan 2019-2023 available in English, French (Français), Portuguese (Português), and Spanish (Español). 

Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Arctic Mining Challenges and Proposed Solutions

Mainstreaming MiningThis report identifies key challenges and possible solutions for incorporating biodiversity considerations into mining operations in the Arctic.

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program Strategic Plan: 2018-2021

CBMP StrategicPlan 2018 2021The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program's (CBMP) Strategic Plan is intended to explain the overarching goals of the CBMP for the period 2018-2021, and to outline actions to deliver on those goals. It will guide the management of the program and help ensure the programs continued relevance to the needs of the Arctic States, Permanent Participants, scientific and Arctic communities, and other partners.

AMBI East Asian-Australasian Flyway Singapore Workshop Report

AMBI Singapore workshop 2017 FINAL 1Arctic Migratory Birds InitiativeArctic Migratory Birds InitiativeEast Asian-Australasian Flyway Workshop Report

Arctic biodiversity principles and their application in mainstreaming biodiversity. Phase 1: Background and options paper

A draft set of Arctic biodiversity principles was developed, based on the findings and recommendations of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA). Basing the principles on the ABA ensures they are well-grounded in science, in line with Arctic Council priorities and will provide a robust framework for mainstreaming applications. We sought advice from ten people with experience in biodiversity mainstreaming and conducted a literature and website review. Results from the interviews and review are summarized and discussed.

Arctic Invasive Alien Species Strategy and Action Plan

The Arctic Invasive Alien Species (ARIAS) Strategy and Action Plan sets forth the priority actions that the Arctic Council and its partners are encouraged to take to protect the Arctic region from a significant threat: the adverse impacts of invasive alien species. These priority actions span terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems. The actions take environmental, cultural, and economic perspectives into consideration, including drivers, impacts, and response measures.

AMBI Americas Flyway Implementation Strategy

CaptureImplementation Strategy for the Arctic Migratory Bird Initiative (AMBI) Americas Flyway. Detailed implementation strategies for priority action areas from the AMBI Workplan. The AMBI is a CAFF project that seeks to protect Arctic lifestyles and peoples through migratory bird conservation.

AMBI Mid-term Evaluation, 2017

This report provides an implementation evaluation of the first half of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI).

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) African Eurasian Flyway Scientific Poster

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) African Eurasian Flyway Scientific Poster

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) Americas Flyway Scientific Poster

Provides a summary overview of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) Americas Flyway in a scientific poster.

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) Circumpolar Flyway Scientific Poster

Provides a summary overview of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) Circumpolar Flyway in a scientific poster.

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) Overall Scientific Poster

AMBI Overall posterProvides a summary overview of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) in a scientific poster.

北极候鸟项目(AMBI)计划 Arctic Migratory Birds East Asian Australasian Flyway

AMBI EAA ChinaA one page description of the priority species, actions and activities of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

(in Mandarin)

Arctic Invasive Alien Species Project Plan

This project plan outlines the goals and actions to be undertaken in an Arctic Invasive Alien Species project.

Arctic Invasive Alien Species, Akureyri Workshop Report

Screen Shot 2016 05 04 at 14.11.07The CAFF Working Group of the Arctic Council has initiated a process to reduce the risks of Invasive Alien Species to the Arctic by developing and eventually implementing common measures for early detection and reporting, identifying and blocking pathways of introduction, and sharing best practices and techniques of monitoring, eradication and control.

This documents describes the proceedings and discussions of the groups first workshop conducted in Akureyri March 30-1 April, 2016.

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative, Implementation Meeting Report: Texel, Netherlands, April 5-7, 2016

Proceedings of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative implementation workshop held in Texel, the Netherlands, April 5-7, 2016.

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative: 북극 철새 이니셔티브 동아시아 - 대양주 (Korean version)

A one page description of the priority species, actions and activities of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

(in Korean)

The Alaska-Yukon Region of the Circumboreal Vegetation Map (CBVM)

The Circumboreal Vegetation Mapping (CBVM) project is an international collaboration among vegetation scientists to create a new vegetation map of the boreal region at a 1:7.5 million scale with a common legend and mapping protocol. This report and map contributes to the CBVM effort by developing maps of bioclimatic zones, geographic sectors with similar floristic variability, and vegetation in boreal Alaska, Yukon, northwestern British Columbia, and a mountainous portion of southwest Northwest Territoriestermed the Alaska-Yukon region. It further develops the mapping from the initial classification and proto-type mapping efforts for southwestern Alaska and western Canada to this broader area.

Arctic Land Cover Change Initiative MODIS Satellite data

This report summarizes the initial set of satellite data products included in the CAFF Land Cover Change (LCC) Initiative. The LCC Initiative has been developed to harness the potential of remote sensing for use in Arctic biodiversity monitoring and assessment activities. 

The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) fact sheet

A one page description of the priority species, actions and activities of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI).

The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): East Asian-Australasian Flyway fact sheet

A one page description of the priority species, actions and activities of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): African-Eurasian Flyway fact sheet

A one page description of the priority species, actions and activities of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): African-Eurasian Flyway.

The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): Americas Flyway fact sheet

A one page description of the priority species, actions and activities of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): Americas Flyway.

The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): Circumpolar Flyway fact sheet

A one page description of the priority species, actions and activities of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): Circumpolar Flyway.

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) Work Plan 2015-2019 REVISED

REVISED

The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) is designed to improve the conservation status and secure the long-term sustainability of declining Arctic breeding migratory bird populations. This work plan identifies key actions over four years.

AMBI will have a positive impact on societies for whom migratory birds are a source of livelihood and spiritual inspiration. AMBI also provides an early implementation of Recommendation #8 of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment to reduce stressors on migratory species range-wide. 

The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative: expert workshop report, Montreal, Canada, February 9, 2014

This report documents the results and next steps of the first Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) expert workshop that took place in Montreal, Canada on February 9th 2014. 

CAFF Communications Strategy

This document details the CAFF Communications Strategy including goals, audiences and potential techniques to employ to reach audiences. This document is considered a "living" document, subject to frequent changes.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for the Arctic: A Scoping Study Executive Summary

The report presents the results of the scoping study on ecosystem services and the application of a TEEB approach and methodology in the Arctic and concludes with options for follow-up work.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for the Arctic: A Scoping Study

This report presents the results of the scoping study on ecosystem services and the application of a TEEB approach and methodology in the Arctic. The report includes: 1) Results from compiling and synthesizing information, issues, current practices, methodologies and perspectives on Arctic ecosystem services and their values in relation to decision making, 2)List and discussion of policy areas identified during the scoping study for potential follow up using TEEB methodology, and 3) Way forward options, including, but not limited to, application of TEEB methodology to policy focus areas, and consideration of options for practical implementation of TEEB at a range of jurisdictional and spatial scales. 

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Scoping Study Progress Report 2015

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Arctic Scoping Study is an early implementation pilot project that follows up on specific recommendations of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA). 

TEEB aims to bring biodiversity into mainstream decision makingmaking nature an important part of policy related to business, social and economic development, not just policy directly related to environmental management. 

TEEB is a global initiative coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). TEEB draws attention to the benefits that people gain from nature (ecosystem services), including food from fishing and hunting, maintenance of culture, water, enjoyment of wilderness, nature and wildlife, and provision of raw materials. Equally important but less obvious benefits include climate regulation and flood control. TEEB also brings attention to the costs to society when ecosystems are damaged and when plant and animal populations are lost. TEEB provides an analytical approach, tools and guidance that can help make the range of natures benefits more visible when politicians, businesses and others make decisions that might affect these benefits or put them at risk.

CPAN Strategy and Action Plan

This document will faciliatate the implementation of initiatives under the Circumpolar Portected Areas Network (CPAN) to establish an adequate and well managed network of protected areas that have a high probability of maintainng the dynmaic biodiversity of the Arctic region in perpetuity.

A Strategy for Coordination of Monitoring Activities Between CAFF and AMAP


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.

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.

Seabird Information Network: Concept Paper

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.

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.

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.

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

International Arctic Vegetation Database (IAVD): A Foundation for Pan-Arctic biodiversity Studies Concept Paper

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.

Global Flyway Scale Monitoring and Conservation Programs for Migratory Waterbirds of the Arctic

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).

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.

ECORA: Lessons Learned

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.

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

Cooperative Strategy for the Conservation of Biological Diversity

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.

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

Circumboreal Vegetation Map (CBVM): Mapping the Green Halo Concept Paper

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

Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (ASDI): Project Plan

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

Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (ASDI): Concept Paper

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.

Incidental Take of Seabirds in Commercial Fisheries in the Arctic Countries

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.

Human Disturbance at Seabird Colonies

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.

Arctic Flora and Fauna Status and Trends: Recommendations for Conservation

A series of thematic goals and recommendations arising from Arctic Flora and Fauna: Status and Conservation, the science-based overview of Arctic biodiversity and key conservation issues.


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