The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council. The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.
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. It does so through various monitoring, assessment and expert group activities.
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CAFF serves as a vehicle to cooperate on species and habitat management and utilization, to share information on management techniques and regulatory regimes, and to facilitate more knowledgeable decision-making. It provides a mechanism to develop common responses on issues of importance for the Arctic ecosystem such as development and economic pressures, conservation opportunities and political commitments.CAFF is governed by a Chair and Management Board, and supported and coordinated by the International CAFF Secretariat, based in Akureyri, Iceland, with five employees.
Main Arctic Projects
- The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP)
- Indices and indicators
- Arctic Biodiversity Assessment
- Actions for Arctic Biodiversity 2013-2021: implementing the recommendations of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment
- Arctic Invasive Alien Species
- Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative
- Life Linked to Ice
- Arctic TEEB Scoping Study
- Arctic Biodiversity Data Service
The CAFF website is comprehensive and packed with data and information. It contains information about the CBMP, assessments and expert groups. The website has over 700 publications and information about expert groups in the fields of flora, seabirds, protected areas, marine ecosystems, freshwater ecosystems and terrestrial tcosystems. CAFF makes its data available where possible on the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS). All information is in English.
- The main website: www.caff.is
- Arctic biodiversity, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna: www.arcticbiodiversity.is
- Arctic Biodiversity Data Service: www.abds.is
Main publications and reports
- CAFF publications are available here.
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