The Ottawa Declaration of 1996 formally established the Arctic Council as a high level intergovernmental forum to provide a means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, with the involvement of the Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.
The scientific work of the Arctic Council is carried out in six expert working groups focusing on such issues as monitoring, assessing and preventing pollution in the Arctic, climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, emergency preparedness and prevention in addition to the living conditions of the Arctic residents.
The draft program for the Arctic Biodiversity Congress, December 2-4, 2014 in Trondheim, Norway is now available. Photo: Kevin Lee
Enter the Arctic Biodiversity "Through the Lens competition to win a trip to Greenland! Photo: Paul Nicklen/National Geographic
Order the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment! Photo: Carsten Egevang/ARC-PIC.com
Learn more about how CAFF is working to conserve migratory bird species that are in decline: The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI). Photo: Bar-tailed Godwit, Silvia Vaughn-Jones/Shutterstock.com