CAFF is undertaking an initiative on enhancing engagement in relation to the roles and functions of Arctic wetlands as a resource to support sustainable development and resilience in the Arctic.

Wetlands constitute a large part of the Arctic and their role for sustainable development is critical, as they are directly related to climate change and adaptation, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and the livelihood of indigenous and local peoples. The effects of climate change on Arctic wetlands, their biodiversity and functioning are still little understood but can be expected to  be considerable.


The first stage in this initiative is focused on enhancing the state of knowledge on resilience and management of Arctic wetlands in response to global change, including changes in climate and land use, and to identify knowledge gaps and research needs concerning sustainable development policies. Stage 1 is comprised of three components:

  1. Analysis of wetland inventories – current status and future priorities;

  2. Scoping study of relevant scientific literature and, where relevant indigenous and local knowledgefrom grey literature; and

  3. Identification of key knowledge gaps and research needs.

Reporting should be completed by March 2018 and the findings in this first stage 1 will be used in the design of subsequent stages. 

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