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Arctic Coastal Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

The Arctic Coastal Biodiversity Monitoring Plan (Coastal Monitoring Plan) is the fourth and final circumpolar biodiversity monitoring plan to be completed under the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP). The Arctic Coastal Biodiversity Monitoring Plan is a long-term, integrated, multi-disciplinary, circumpolar plan that relies on science and Traditional Knowledge to monitor changes occuring in Arctic coastal biodiveristy and has direct and relevant application for communities, industry, governments, and other users.

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program Coastal Expert Monitoring Group and Nordic Workshop Report Tromsø, Norway, January 9-10, 2018

This is the workshop report for the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program Coastal Expert Monitoring Group and Nordic Workshop, Tromsø, Norway, January 9-10, 2018.

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program Strategic Plan: 2018-2021

CBMP StrategicPlan 2018 2021The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program's (CBMP) Strategic Plan is intended to explain the overarching goals of the CBMP for the period 2018-2021, and to outline actions to deliver on those goals. It will guide the management of the program and help ensure the programs continued relevance to the needs of the Arctic States, Permanent Participants, scientific and Arctic communities, and other partners.

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) Coastal Expert Workshop Meeting Report, Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A., October 11-13, 2017

Proceedings report of the Coastal Expert Monitoring Group's expert workshop in Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A., October 11-13, 2017.

Marine Fishes of the Arctic Region Volume 2

Marine Fishes of the Arctic Region is intended for all who do research in and monitoring of marine eco­systems in the Arctic. It presents accounts for 205 species with maps of global distribution and descriptions of morphology and habitat, as well as a photographic identification guide. Information on 24 other species present only in the fringes of the Arctic Region or taxonomically problematic is given in the introductions to the fish families. As the Arctic continues to warm, more cold-temperate species are expected to enter the region and the distribution of true Arctic species will likely retract as the area of ice-covered cold water shrinks. The maps in this atlas can be used to compare future changes in distributions. The identification guide will be particu­larly helpful for identifying cold-water species, since fewer identification tools are available for this group of fishes. 

Marine Fishes of the Arctic Region Volume 1

Marine Fishes of the Arctic Region is intended for all who do research in and monitoring of marine eco­systems in the Arctic. It presents accounts for 205 species with maps of global distribution and descriptions of morphology and habitat, as well as a photographic identification guide. Information on 24 other species present only in the fringes of the Arctic Region or taxonomically problematic is given in the introductions to the fish families. As the Arctic continues to warm, more cold-temperate species are expected to enter the region and the distribution of true Arctic species will likely retract as the area of ice-covered cold water shrinks. The maps in this atlas can be used to compare future changes in distributions. The identification guide will be particu­larly helpful for identifying cold-water species, since fewer identification tools are available for this group of fishes.

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Greenland, 2017

A 2017 update on the implementation of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Greenland.

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Norway, 2017

A 2017 update on the implementation of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Norway.

Arctic Freshwater Monitoring Plan Annual Report 2016

This report describes the progress over the past year to implement the CBMP Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan.

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Iceland, 2015-2016

A 2015-2016 update on the implementation of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Iceland.

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Kingdom of Denmark, 2015-2016

A 2015-2016 update on the implementation of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in the Kingdom of Denmark.  

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Canada, 2015-2016

A 2015-2016 update on the implementation of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Canada. 

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) Coastal Expert Workshop Meeting Report, Ottawa, Canada, February 29-March 3, 2016

The full proceedings report of the Coastal Expert Monitoring Group's expert workshop in Ottawa, Canada, Feb. 29- March 3, 2016

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Sweden, 2015-2016

A 2016 update on the implementation of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Sweden. 

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: USA, 2015-2016

A 2016 update on the implementation of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in the USA. 

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Norway, 2015

A 2015 update on the implementation of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Norway.  

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Iceland, 2015

A 2015 update on the implementation of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Iceland. 

Pacific Arctic Marine Fishes

This atlas and guide presents results of the Russian American Long-Term Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA) fish investigations conducted by bottom trawl in the Pacific Arctic region northward from Bering Strait. Species accounts provide documentation of the biodiversity and geographic distribution baselines with maps supported by citation of voucher specimens, catch records, and literature; habitat and morphological descriptions; and remarks on taxonomic issues with implications from DNA barcoding. Pages of fish photographs with labeled features are grouped separately in an identification guide. 

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme Coastal Expert Workshop Meeting Summary: Ottawa, Canada: February 29-March 3, 2016

The proceedings of the Coastal Expert Monitoring Group's expert workshop in Ottawa, Canada, Feb. 29- March 3, 2016. The following document provides a summary of the workshop activities and outcomes, and will be followed by a more complete Workshop Report.

Arctic Freshwater Monitoring Plan Annual Report 2015

This report describes the progress over the past year to implement the CBMP Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan.

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Norway, 2014

A 2014 update on the implementation of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Norway.

Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Canada, 2015

A 2015 update on the implementation of the Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Canada.  

Arctic Land Cover Change Initiative MODIS Satellite data

This report summarizes the initial set of satellite data products included in the CAFF Land Cover Change (LCC) Initiative. The LCC Initiative has been developed to harness the potential of remote sensing for use in Arctic biodiversity monitoring and assessment activities. 

Circumpolar Seabird Monitoring Plan

A circumpolar plan to monitor seabird populations, created by CAFF's CBird Expert Group as part of the marine component of CAFF's Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program.

Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Annual Report 2014: Annual report on the implementation of the CBMP's Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

This report describes the progress towards implementation of the CBMP-Terrestrial Plan in 2014 and a work plan for the coming year  

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Annual Report 2014: Annual report on the implementation of the CBMP's Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

This report describes the progress towards implementation of the CBMP-Marine Plan in 2014 and a work plan for the coming year 

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Denmark, 2014

A 2014 update on the implementation of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in the Kingdom of Denmark.  

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: USA, 2014

A 2014 update on the implementation of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in the USA.  

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Sweden, 2014

A 2014 update on the implementation of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Sweden.  

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Canada, 2014

A 2014 update on the implementation of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Canada.

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Iceland, 2014

A 2014 update on the implementation of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Iceland.  

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: USA, 2014

A 2014 update on the implementation of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in the USA. 

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Norway, 2014

A 2014 update on the implementation of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Norway. 

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Implementation: Canada, 2014

A 2014 update on the implementation of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in Canada.

Mise en oeuvre du plan de surveillance de la biodiversité marine dans l’Arctique : mise à jour au Canada en 2012

Mise en oeuvre du plan de surveillance de la biodiversité marine dans lArctique : mise à jour au Canada en 2012

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Annual Report 2014

This report describes the progress that has been made in 2014 to implement the CBMP Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan.

Canadian Arctic Marine Biodiversity Plan 2014-2017

The Canadian Arctic Marine Biodiversity Plan (Canadian Marine Plan) is the Canadian contribution to the Arctic Council Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program, Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan.

The overall objective of the Canadian Arctic Marine Biodiversity Plan (Canadian Marine Plan) is to improve our ability to detect and understand the causes of long-term changes in the structure and function of Canadian arctic marine ecosystems. The Canadian Marine Plan integrates existing scientific and community-based marine biodiversity data and information. 

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Brochure

A brochure describing the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP). 

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Annual Report 2013

Implementation of the CBMP-Marine Plan began in late 2011, and this report describes the progress that has been made during the second year of implementation (2013).

Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan: implementation and work plan Akureyri, Iceland, February 25-27, 2014

This document details the background, purpose, development, structure and outcomes of the CBMP Terrestrial Steering Group meeting in Akureyri, Iceland February 2014 to implement the Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan.

Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Brochure

A brochure highlighting the Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP)

Arctic Freshwater Monitoring Plan Annual Report 2013: Annual report on the implementation of the CBMP's Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

This report describes the progress made since December 2012, when implementation of the CBMP-Freshwater Plan began.

List of Marine Fishes of the Arctic Region Annotated with Common Names and Zoogeographic Characterizations

This document details a list of Arctic marine fishes with geographical characterizations (e.g., arctic, arctic-boreal, boreal). The list contains the most common or officially recommended names in English, French, Norwegian and Russian.

This edition is being used by the CBMPMarine Fish Expert Network as a baseline document which will be revised form time to time to add new species, as they are discovered in the arctic region, and new languages.

Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

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.

CBMP Strategic Plan 2013-2017: Phase 2, Implementation of the CBMP

This next generation CBMP strategic plan will focus on continuing to implement those strategies while allowing for greater emphasis on interpretation, integration and communication of biodiversity information resulting from the CBMP Monitoring Plans. This plan outlines ongoing efforts to establish and maintain steering groups to implement the monitoring plans and manage and provide that information for ongoing and future assessments of Arctic biodiversity.

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan: scientific poster

This scientific poster, intended for presentations at conferences and meetings, provides an overview of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan, including the key questions, benefits, and approach.

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan: Canada 2012 Implementation

This document details Canadian involvement in implementing the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan in 2012.

 

For more on Canada's implementation of CBMP Marine, please visit the Canadian CBMP-Marine implementation website.

A Circumpolar Monitoring Framework for Polar Bears: Ursus Monograph Series

This issue of Ursus, Monograph Series Number 5, 2012 features a Circumpolar Monitoring Framework for Polar Bears produced by the the authors. CAFF facilitated the process.

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan 2012 Implementation Update: The First Year

This one page summary (double-sided) provides an overview of the activities and progress made in 2012 to implement the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan.

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Annual Report 2012

Implementation of the CBMP-Marine Plan began in late 2011, and this report describes the progress that has been made during the first year of implementation (2012).

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

This document develops an Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan (The Freshwater Plan) that details the rationale and framework for improvements related to the monitoring of freshwaters of the circumpolar Arctic, including ponds, lakes, their tributaries and associated wetlands, as well as rivers, their tributaries and associated wetlands. The monitoring framework aims to facilitate circumpolar assessments by providing Arctic countries with a structure and a set of guidelines for initiating and developing monitoring activities that employ common approaches and indicators. The Freshwater Plan is part of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) that is working with partners to harmonize and enhance long-term Arctic biodiversity monitoring efforts in order to facilitate more rapid detection, communication and response to significant trends and pressures.

CBMP Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program Framework Document

Discusses the history, purpose, approach perpectives, development and action plan for the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP).

Understanding Biodiversity Changes and Causes, Synergies in Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Research and Monitoring: Joint Workshop TEMG, INTERACT, IASC: Hvalso, Denmark: October 12, 2011

The overall goal of the workshop was to identify possible synergies between organisations and networks working with Arctic terrestrial biodiversity, and to agree on common actions to improve the collaboration and communication (see appendix 1 and 2 for further information about agenda and participants).

Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group (TEMG): Designing an Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan Workshop: Hvalso, Denmark: October 11-13, 2011

Proceedings of the first Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group workshop to develop a multidisciplinary, integrated, pan-Arctic, long-term terrestrial biodiversity monitoring plan. 

Circumpolar Protected Areas Monitoring Workshop Report: Gridwood, U.S.A.: March 28-30, 2011

The goal of the workshop was (i) for selected protected area experts and practitioners to discuss relevant arctic protected areas issues and opportunities for coordinated approaches to biodiversity monitoring, (2) to review the provide opportunity for all Arctic Council country and permanent participants to share key monitoring considerations for the group to address; (3)and provide direction and enhancements to the draft protected area discussion paper in preparation for the development of an arctic protected area monitoring framework.

The Development of A Pan-Arctic Monitoring Plan for Polar Bears: Edmonton, Canada: February 19-21, 2011

Twenty-two scientists, managers and community experts from the five Arctic polar bear nations, met in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to help develop a pan-Arctic monitoring plan for polar bears as part of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF). 

Freshwater Expert Monitoring Group (FEMG) Workshop: Uppsala, Sweden: November 22-25, 2010

A summary of the outcomes of the first international meeting of the Freshwater Expert Monitoring Group (FEMG) of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Montioring Program (CBMP).

CBMP Coordination Meeting: Akureyri, Iceland: April 11-12, 2002

A meeting to discuss the implementation of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Montioring Program (CBMP, intended to detect changes in the natural environment, provide an early warning system, contribute to development and evaluation of national monitoring plans; and provide for timely and cost-effective sharing of information to Arctic and non-Arctic users.

CAFF/AMAP Workshop on a Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program: Reykjavik, Iceland: February 7-9, 2000

CAFF/AMAP Workshop on a Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program: Reykjavik, Iceland: February 7-9, 2000 was held to advance work on biodiversity and climate change montioring in the circumpolar Arctic.

A Strategy for Developing Indices and Indicators to Track Status and Trends in Arctic Biodiversity

A strategy for developing indices and indicators for monitoring Arctic biodiversity in the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP). Targeted and consistent reporting will help meet the program's information and communication needs.  

Available in Russian / на русском языке

A Strategy for Facilitating and Developing Community-based Monitoring: Approaches in Arctic Biodiversity Monitoring

A strategy for integrating Arctic community-based monitroing efforts into the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP). 

Available in Russian / на русском языке

Data Management and Communication for the CBMP: Cooperation Strategy between CAFF and the UNEP-WCMC

This discussion paper outlines ideas for bringing all efforts at monitoring biodiversity in the Arctic together, allowing for better coordination in implementing the programmes, and for more coordinated analysis of the results.

CBMP Five Year Implementation Plan: Developing an Integrated and Sustained Arctic Biodiversity Monitoring Network

Description of the main activities and focus of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) from March 2008-2013.

 

Available in Russian / на русском языке

Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group: Background Paper


Provides an overview of the development of the monitoring and implementation plan of the Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Group (TEMG), who's overall goal is to produce the Arctic Terrestrial Montiroing Biodiversity Plan.

Expert Monitoring Network Plan: Shorebirds

A document to describe the goals and preliminary recommendations for the Committee for Holarctic Shorebird Monitoring (CHASM), an expert working group of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP.)

Expert Network Monitoring Plan: Rangifers

A background document for the development of a network to monitor Rangifer populations and the human interactions wtih this important resource.

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan: Background Paper

The background paper of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan, highlighting the process and key elements to develop.

Expert Monitoring Network Plan: International Tundra Experiment (ITEX)

An exploration of the International Tundra Experiment and how it could participate in the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Network (CBMP).

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan: Framework Document

This document provides an overview on the development of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan, produced by a Freshwater Expert Monitoring Group (FEMG) for the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP), along with timelines for development of the FEMG.

Developing Integrated and Sustained Arctic Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Networks

The findings of a workshop focused on fostering the development and implementation of coordinated, international research and monitoring networks for Arctic freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems and the biodiversity they support.

Community-based Monitoring Discussion paper

A discussion for the development of a community-based monitoring component to the CBMP and examination of monitoring programs under development by the Permanent Participants of the Arctic Council.

Expert Network Monitoring Plan: World Reindeer Husbandry

Paper on reindeer husbandry and montioring in the Arctic and major associations and networks on the topic including the Association of World Reindeer Herders.

CBMP Information Poster

A poster on the Circumpolar Biodiversity Montioring Program (CBMP).

Expert Monitoring Network Plan: Human-Wild Rangifer Systems

Paper describing the scope, purpose, need and status of the CircumArctic Rangifer Monitoring and Assessment (CARMA) Network based on discussions from the first two official annual meetings.

CBMP Annual Report 2006

The 2006 Annual Report from the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP).

Community Based Monitoring Handbook: Lessons from the Arctic and Beyond


A broad assessment of community based monitoring for diverse audiences that explores different community based monitoring programs in an effort to highlight the best and most successful practices of each. It is also designed for use as a framework for custom-tailoring specific community-based monitoring projects, and as an application to monitoring efforts in non-Arctic regions.

 

Available in Chinese

Framework for a Circumpolar Arctic Seabird Monitoring Network


A framework document for developing an integrated monitoring framework for seabirds.

Bering Sea Sub-Network Pilot Phase Final Report

This report provides an overview of the BSSN concept, its history, and the pilot project results. It informs the broader community of scientists, governments, and Arctic residents about the project’s findings and shares the lessons learned. The Bearing Sea Subnetwork Additionally offers a HTML version of the document. To look at the HTML version click here

 

 

Bering Sea Sub-Network Annual Report 2008

The 2008 Annual Report of the Bearing Sea Sub-Network- International Community-Based Environmental Observation Alliance for the Arctic Observing Network (BSSN).

Circumpolar Protected Areas Monitoring: Arctic Protected Areas Monitoring Scheme Background Paper

Background paper for an Arctic protected areas monitoring scheme that would identify a suite of biodiversity monitoring measures that would be commonly monitored across the Arctic and implemented in a standardized way by each agency. This initiative is intended to enable coordinated reporting of biodiversity in Arctic protected areas and to provide a circumpolar understanding of change occurring within protected areas around the Arctic region.

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

The Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan (CBMP-Marine Plan) is the first of the CBMP’s four pan-Arctic biodiversity monitoring plans. The overall goal of the CBMP-Marine Plan is to improve our ability to detect and understand the causes of long-term change in the composition, structure and function of Arctic marine ecosystems, as well as to develop authoritative assessments of key elements of Arctic marine biodiversity (e.g., key indicators, ecologically pivotal and/or other important taxa).


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