Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan: Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group, Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program

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The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, established the
Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) to address the need for coordinated and standardized monitoring
of Arctic environments. The CBMP includes an international network of scientists, conservation organizations, government
agencies, Permanent Participants Arctic community experts and leaders. Using an ecosystem-based monitoring approach
which includes species, ecological functions, ecosystems, their interactions, and potential drivers, the CBMP focuses on
developing and implementing long-term plans for monitoring the integrity of Arctic biomes: terrestrial, marine, freshwater,
and coastal (under development) environments.
The CBMP Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group (CBMP-TEMG) has developed the Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan
(CBMP-Terrestrial Plan/the Plan) as the framework for coordinated, long-term Arctic terrestrial biodiversity monitoring. The
goal of the CBMP-Terrestrial Plan is to improve the collective ability of Arctic traditional knowledge (TK) holders, northern
communities, and scientists to detect, understand and report on long-term change in Arctic terrestrial ecosystems and
biodiversity. The CBMP-Terrestrial Plan aims to address these priority management questions:
1. What are the status, distribution, and conditions of terrestrial focal species, populations, communities, and
landscapes/ecosystems and key processes/functions occurring in the Arctic?
2. How and where are these terrestrial focal species, populations, communities, and landscapes/ecosystems and key
processes/functions changing?
3. What and how are the primary environmental and anthropogenic drivers influencing changes in biodiversity and
ecosystem function?
4. Where are the areas of high ecological importance including, for example, resilient and vulnerable areas (related to
the FECs) and where are drivers having the greatest impact?
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAkureyri
PublisherCAFF International Secretariat
Number of pages163
ISBN (Print)978-9935-431-26-4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
SeriesCAFF Monitoring Series Report
Number7

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