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Protected Areas of the Arctic / Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010. Map by Hugo Ahlenius, Nordpil. Data available for download at ArcticData.isProtected Areas of the Arctic / Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010. Map by Hugo Ahlenius, Nordpil. Data available for download at ArcticData.is

Between 1991 and 2010, the extent of the Arctic that has some form of protected status doubled from 5.6% to 11%. There are now 1,127 protected areas covering 3.5 million km2 of the Arctic.

 

With rapid climate change and the emerging potential for multiple human impacts in the Arctic, there is a pressing need to:

 

  • assess the effectiveness of terrestrial protected systems as a conservation tool, and 
  • to identify and protect biologically important marine areas .

 

 

 

Activities

 

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Circumpolar Protected Areas Dataset

 

CAFF created the first Arctic protected areas dataset in 1994 and most recently updated in 2010.  This updated dataset has been submitted as an Arctic component to UNEP WCMCs World Protected Areas Database and Protected Planet.

 

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Visit protectedplanet.netVisit protectedplanet.net
Protected Areas Assessment Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Changes in protected areas (Indicator #21) 2010  ABA Protected Areas click to downloadABA Protected Areas click to download
Protected Areas Marine and Coastal component

As a follow-up Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010 report, Iceland is leading a project focusing on those protected areas which have a marine/coastal component.  This project will further develop the information on these areas and compile a dataset detailing the nature and extent of the protection afforded.

pending Coastal erosion in Alaska / Photo: Lawrence Hislop, UNEP-GRID ArendalCoastal erosion in Alaska / Photo: Lawrence Hislop, UNEP-GRID Arendal
Areas of Heightened Ecological and Cultural Significance

CAFF is working with AMAP and SDWG Arctic Council working groups to coordinate to identify areas of heightened ecological and cultural significance in light of changing climate conditions and increasing multiple marine use.


The Working Groups are responding to recommendation II(C) from the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA), which deals with Marine Areas of Heightened Ecological and Cultural Significance.

pending (Fall 2012) The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) recommends further identification of Marine Areas of Heightened Ecological and Cultural Significance (Click to download the AMSA)The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) recommends further identification of Marine Areas of Heightened Ecological and Cultural Significance (Click to download the AMSA)
Protected Areas Monitoring 

The Arctic Protected Areas Montioring Group of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) is developing an Arctic Protected Areas Monitoring Scheme.


In support of the Scheme, the group is

  • identifying a suite of biodiversity measures that would be commonly monitored across Arctic protected areas, and

  • undergoing an inventory of existing protected areas monitoring programs, identifying common themes, approaches and programs, identifying gaps and designing a common approach to monitoring biodiversity in circumpolar protected areas. 
2011 Arctic Protected Areas Monitoring Scheme Background Paper (Click to download)Arctic Protected Areas Monitoring Scheme Background Paper (Click to download)
Circumpolar Protected Areas Network Expert Group 

Protected Areas of the Arctic

This document discusses this multitude of values found in Arctic protected areas. It presents case studies that demonstrate how protected areas conserve such values. The case studies also show that protected areas in the Arctic generate positive spinoff effects and add considerable value to societies that are often far wider and diverse than the direct conservation benefits for which the areas were originally established.

dormant Protected Areas of the Arctic Conserving a Full Range of Values (Click to download)Protected Areas of the Arctic Conserving a Full Range of Values (Click to download)

 

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