Welcome to CAFF
CAFF is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council

The Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018 Join us in Rovaniemi Oct. 9-11, 2018

Walrus. Photo: Audun Rikardsen

State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report what's happening in the Arctic's oceans?

Bearded seal. Audun Rikardsen

Protected Areas Index update on protected areas in the Arctic

A Global Goose Audit Status and Trends of Arctic and Northern Hemisphere Goose Populations

Photo: Anthony Fox

Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) saving Arctic birds

Photo: Morten Ekker

CBMP Strategy 2018-2021

Photo: crane hires Caitlin Bailey GFOE The Hidden Ocean 2016 Chukchi Borderlands

Educational resources Educational toolkits for children and teachers

Marine Fishes of the Arctic Region Volume 1 and 2

Staghorn sculpin. Photo: Danny Kent, Ocean Wise Vancouver Aquarium

Actions for Arctic Biodiversity 2013-2021 implementing the recommendations from the ABA

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Latest News

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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment status and trends

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The average population of Arctic species increased by 16% between 1970 and 2004

however, this is not consistent across biomes, regions, and taxa. (Source: ASTI 2010)


High Arctic species populations have decreased by an average of 26% between 1970 and 2004.

(Source: ASTI 2010)



Of the 21 Northern languages that have gone extinct, 48% of those have disappeared since 1990.

This indicates an increasing rate of language extinction. (Source: ABA 2013)



More than 50% of the world's wetlands are in the Arctic and sub-Arctic

Wetlands are important for carbon storage and water cycling. (Source: ABA 2013)



The ivory gull, a high Arctic species has decreased by 80% (since the 1980s)

on its Canadian range. (Source: ABA 2013)



Polar bears are affected by decreasing sea ice

The global population of polar bears is predicted to decrease by 30% in the next 45 years. (Source: ABA 2013)



Administrative Series

Access administrative documents from CAFF including founding documents, procedural guidelines, work plans, and progress reports to Senior Arctic Officials and Arctic Council Ministers.

Monitoring Series

Access background papers, framework documents, monitoring plans, handbooks and more from the Circumpolar Biodiversity Montioring Program (CBMP), its marine, terrestrial and freshwater groups and other networks and topics.

Assessment Series

The latest CAFF Assessment reports and findings, including the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, the Arctic Species Trend Index (ASTI) and more.

Strategies Series

Conservation and management strategies from CAFF.

Proceedings Series

Proceedings from various CAFF working group meetings and workshops.

Expert Group Documents

Documents from CAFF's Circumpolar Seabird Expert Group (CBird), CAFF's Flora Group (CFG) and the Circumpolar Protected Areas Network (CPAN)


Access a series of educational tool kits exploring major ecosystems and processes of the Arctic. Here you will find children's pocket guides for on-the-ground and in-classroom exploration, and accompanying leader's manuals to help interpret information on Arctic ecosystems.


Protected and Important Areas

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CBMP Monitoring Plans

The Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS)

Policy recommendations from key CAFF reports

Invasive Species

Webinar Series

CAFF Twitter

Upcoming Events


CAFF on Facebook

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Marine monitoring

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Freshwater monitoring

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Terrestrial monitoring

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Coastal monitoring

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