Terrestrial Monitoring

Documents from the Terrestrial Steering Group and Expert Networks of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP).

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INTERACT WP7 Improving and harmonizing biodiversity monitoring Rif workshop report

Interact WP7 reportcoverThe International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT)
is an EU funded initiative working towards building capacity to help identify, understand,
predict and respond to environmental changes across the Arctic.
INTERACT Work Package (WP) 7 Improving and harmonizing biodiversity monitoring is led
by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Arctic Council Working Group. The
overall goal of WP7 is to test the circumpolar Freshwater and Terrestrial Arctic biodiversity
monitoring plans of CAFFs cornerstone program, the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring
Program (CBMP), at INTERACT stations.
The goal of the CBMP monitoring plans is to harmonize and integrate efforts to monitor the
Arctic's living resources through a network of scientists, governments, Indigenous
organizations, and conservation groups. Through this harmonization and integration, the
monitoring plans facilitate more rapid detection, communication, and response to the
significant pressures affecting the circumpolar world.

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

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. 

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

A progress report of the Land Cover Change Index, an initiative to create a framework to harness remote sensing potential for use in Arctic biodiversity monitoring and assessment activities. This document reports on progress made in Phase 1 of this initiative 2013-2015.

A progress report to the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting, Iqaluit, Canada, April 2015 on CAFF's traditional knowledge and community-based monitoring work.

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.

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

Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan: scientific poster

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

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.

Arctic Birds Bulletin 2010

A newsletter of the Arctic Birds Breeding Conditions Survey (ABBCS).

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).

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

The concept paper behind the International Arctic Vegetation Database (IAVD), and international project to produce a complete database on vascular plants, bryophytes and liches that exist in the Arctic.

Highlights potential cooperative actions between CAFF and Wetlands international with a focus on inclusion of Wetland International's global and flyway initiatives in the Circumpolar Biodiversity monitoring Program (CBMP).

The CBVM intends to produce an internationally agreed upon circumboreal vegetation map with a common legend and language for use in decision making.


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.

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.)

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

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

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.

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

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.

The Arctic Report Card annually tracks and reports on the status and trends of the Arctic. 

Arctic Birds Bulletin 2011

A newsletter of the Arctic Birds Breeding Conditions Survey (ABBCS).


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