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:
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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.
|Protected Areas Assessment||Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Changes in protected areas (Indicator #21)||2010|
|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.
|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)|
|Protected Areas Monitoring||
In support of the Scheme, the group is
|Circumpolar Protected Areas Network Expert Group||
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.