The Terrestrial Steering Group (TSG) of the CBMP is responsible for the implementation of the Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan, one of the four pan-Arctic biodiversity monitoring plans being developed by the CBMP to improve the detection and understanding of the causes of long-term change in the composition, structure and function of Arctic ecosystems.

The TSG is composed of one representative and an alternate from each Arctic nation as well as representatives from interested Permanent Participants. Other members (e.g., Arctic Council Working Group representatives) are involved as relevant. Other groups involved in implementation include international, national, sub-national and local groups already conducting terrestrial monitoring.

The implementation of the CBMP-Terrestrial Plan will incorporate a "network of networks" approach described here and coordinated by the Terrestrial Steering Group



TSG members

  • Iceland: Starri Heiðmarsson, Icelandic Institute of Natural History co-Lead
  • US: Casey Burns, Bureau of Land Management and James Lawler, US National Park Service  co-Lead
  • Sweden: Mora Aronsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Canada: Douglas MacNearney, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Kingdom of Denmark:Niels Martin Schmidt, Arhus University and Christine Cuyler, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
  • Finland:Tarmo Virtanen
  • AMAP: Janet PawlakAMAP Secretariat
  • CBMP Chairs: Tom Christensen, Aarhus University-Arctic Research Centre and Catherine CoonBureau of Ocean Energy Management 

Terrestrial Steering Committee


Terrestrial Plan

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Terrestrial Expert Networks

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Terrestrial data

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Arctic Fox

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Arctic States

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Permanent Participants

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