International science and policy conference:



The Ecosystem Approach to Management: Status of Implementation in the Arctic conference will bring together experts and practitioners to examine the scientific, policy and indigenous understandings and experience of the ecosystem approach to management in the eighteen Large Marine Ecosystems of the Arctic and corresponding terrestrial areas. Topics to be addressed include scientific elements such as Integrated Ecosystem Assessment, as well as national policies such as Integrated Arctic Management and the Inuvialuit Settlement Agreement that are designed to carry out integrated management in an adaptive fashion. Proceedings from the conference will be presented to the ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in spring 2017.

Please see the conference announcement for more details including conference objectives, themes and outcomes.

TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT: Please send abstracts of presentations (up to 500 words) to eaconference [AT] pame [DOT] is by April 5, 2016.

REGISTRATION: Click here to register. No registration fee before May 1, 2016! May! For planning purposes we appreciate early registration.



For immediate release (Oct. 12)

Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, president of Iceland, will open an outdoor photography exhibition displaying the beauty of the Arctic outside of Harpa in advance of the Arctic Circle on October 15 at 17:30.

Winning image: Arnar Bergur GuðjónssonThe event will feature:

  • Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, president of Iceland
  • Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson, mayor of Akureyri
  • Kári Fannar Lárusson, programme manager, CAFF International Secretariat

The 15 images to be displayed are the winning results of the Arctic Biodiversity “Through the Lens” photography competition, held by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council. The competition received over 1800 entries from photographers from across the globe.

This showcase is part of a travelling exhibit that is raising awareness of the importance of Arctic wildlife and ecosystems, bringing attention to the multiple challenges facing Arctic nature and celebrating Arctic diversity. Furthermore the competition is intended to increase the visibility of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Biodiversity Assessment as well as the ongoing implementation of its recommendations.

The competition and touring exhibition have been made possible by sponsors including the Alcoa Foundation, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, and 14 Icelandic Arctic organizations. For more information please visit:



Kári Fannar Lárusson, +354 6992203, Program Manager

Courtney Price, +354 8213609, Communications Manager


About the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)

CAFF is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council and consists of National Representatives assigned by each of the eight Arctic Council Member States, representatives of Indigenous Peoples' organizations that are Permanent Participants to the Council, and Arctic Council observer countries and organizations. CAFF´s mandate is to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and to communicate its findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure the sustainability of the Arctic’s living resources.


For immediate release (April 24, 2015) Iqaluit, Canada 

Actions for Arctic Biodiversity: Implementing the Recommendations of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment 2013-2021 will be the defining guide for how the Arctic Council addresses the pressures facing the Arctic’s living resources.

“This is a massive accomplishment for us and for Arctic wildlife," says Tom Barry, Executive Secretary of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council. "We have set in motion a comprehensive plan as to how CAFF, the Arctic Council and the wider global community can ensure we conserve Arctic species and ecosystems for future generations.”

Actions for Arctic Biodiversity provides a path forward to implement complex and interconnected recommendations of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, approved by the Arctic Council Ministers in 2013 at the start of the Canadian chairmanship period of the Arctic Council. Actions to implement 10 of the 17 recommendations have already since then. Actions to address all recommendations will be underway within four years. While previously initiated actions will continue, additional focus will be on:

Phase 1, 2013-2015

  • short-lived climate forcers, ecosystem-based management, mainstreaming biodiversity, addressing stressors on biodiversity, in particular oil spills, stressors on migratory species, improving knowledge and public awareness, in particular, improving access to data, integrating traditional knowledge, evaluating ecosystem services and communication and outreach tools, and safeguarding important marine areas

Phase 2: 2015-2017

  • mainstreaming biodiversity, reducing stressors on migratory birds, ecosystem services evaluation and communications and outreach, adaptation to climate change, addressing stressors on biodiversity, in particular, migratory species, invasive species and pollution, safeguarding critical areas and improving knowledge and public awareness, in particular, monitoring and traditional and local knowledge and indicator development

Phase 3: 2017-2019

  • safeguarding biodiversity under changing conditions, cumulative effects, improving knowledge and public awareness including contributing to the Convention on Biological Diversity assessment on achievement of the United Nations’ Aichi Biodiversity Targets and convening the second Arctic Biodiversity Congress.

Phase 4: 2019-2021

  • completing projects, implementing strategies and plans developed in early phases, evaluating progress, and designing follow-up.

This eight-year Action Plan has been informed by the results of the Arctic Biodiversity Congress, the largest event in the history of the Arctic Council, and discussions with Arctic Council countries, Permanent Participants, Working Groups, Task Forces, and Observers. 


Access all CAFF Arctic Council Ministerial Deliverables here



Tom Barry, +354 861-9824, tom [AT] caff [DOT] is

Executive Secretary, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna


Courtney Price, +354 821-3609, courtney [AT] caff [DOT] is

Communications Officer, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna  

Photo: Jenny E. RossJuly 31, 2015, Akureyri, Iceland

Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens”, a photography exhibit displaying the beauty of the Arctic, will open in Akureyri, Iceland, Friday July 31 at the Hof Cultural building at 14:00.

The exhibition consists of photographs from across the Arctic and displays the winning images from a photography competition held by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group of the Arctic Council.

The exhibit also displays key findings from the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, the first overall assessment of Arctic biodiversity. Over 250 scientists across the world participated in the generation of the assessment. The exhibit is held in cooperation with a strong network of institutions and companies located in Akureyri, which focus on Arctic issues.

  • Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson, Mayor of Akureyri, will open the exhibit
  • Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, will say a few words about the active Arctic network operating in Akureyri
  • Kári Fannar Lárusson, Program Officer at CAFF, will say a few words CAFF, the photography comptition and the story behind selected images.  



Photo: Arnar Bergur GudjonssonLjósmyndasýningin „Lífríki Norðurslóða í gegnum linsuna“ verður opnuð næstkomandi föstudag 31. júlí fyrir utan Menningarhúsið Hof kl 14:00. Ljósmyndasýningin samanstendur af myndum víðsvegar frá norðurslóðum og sýnir vinningsmyndir úr ljósmyndakeppni sem CAFF skrifstofan á Íslandi, vinnuhópur Norðurskautsráðsins, hefur staðið fyrir síðastliðið ár.

Á sýningunni má einnig sjá megin niðurstöður úr skýrslu er nefnist Lífríki Norðurslóða (Arctic Biodviersity Assessment) sem er fyrsta heildstæða mat á lífríki norðurslóða. Að skýrslunni koma yfir 250 vísindamenn víðsvegar að en starfinu var stýrt frá Akureyri.

Opnun sýningarinnar er í samstarfi við öflugan kjarna stofnana og fyrirtækja sem koma að norðurslóðamálum á Akureyri auk þess sem ljósmyndakeppnin sjálf naut stuðnings fjölda aðila sem láta sig málið varða.

  • Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson bæjarstjóri mun opna sýninguna
  • Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, framkvæmdastjóri Norðuslóðanets Íslands mun segja gestum frá því öfluga norðurslóðastarfi sem á sér stað á Akureyri
  • Kári Fannar Lárusson, verkefnastjóri hjá CAFF, mun segja nokkur orð um starfsemi CAFF, hversvegna ráðist var í að halda ljósmyndakeppni um norðurslóðir og fjalla um söguna á bakvið valdar myndir.


The Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna and the Government of Yukon welcome participants to a public event in Whitehorse, Canada on February 12 at 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.

A question and answer period will follow presentations and audience discussion on:

  • Arctic biodiversity: from assessment to action
  • Tracking change in Arctic ecosystems: monitoring efforts
  • Arctic birds: conserving migratory birds and protecting Arctic lifestyles
  • Harnessing the power of data to improve knowledge

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