The Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan is currently under development and expected to be released in 2013.
To assist the development of the Plan, the TEMG has released the Background Paper of the CBMP Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group that discusses considerations for Arctic terrestrial biodiversity monitoring, including:
Once complete, the Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan will serve as an integrated "umbrella" plan for monitoring the terrestrial Arctic ecosystem. It will facilitate improved and cost-effective monitoring through enhanced integration and coordination. This will allow for earlier detection of trends and more effective policy and management response.
Specifically the Plan will:
It is not realistic to fully represent all Arctic terrestrial ecosystems in the biodiversity monitoring program because the Arctic has:
Therefore, a major task for the design phase of a monitoring program will be to define the key ecosystems to be included, from plot scale to landscape scale, within each major region in the Arctic.