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. The CAFF Working Group operates by the Arctic Council Rules of Procedures.

CAFF serves as a vehicle to cooperate on species and habitat management and utilization, to share information on management techniques and regulatory regimes, and to facilitate more knowledgeable decision-making. It provides a mechanism to develop common responses on issues of importance for the Arctic ecosystem such as development and economic pressures, conservation opportunities and political commitments.

Website: www.caff.is

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Recent Submissions

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

    CAFF (CAFF, 2018)
    This report attempts to review the abundance, status and distribution of natural wild goose populations in the northern hemisphere. The report comprises three parts that 1) summarise key findings from the study and the ...
  • Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme: Coastal Expert Workshop Report, Anchorage, Alaska, October 11-13, 2017 

    Behe, C.; Jones, T.; McLennan, D.; Chambers, N.; Price, C.; Coastal Expert Monitoring Group Workshop attendees (CAFF, 2017)
    The second Coastal Expert Workshop took place in Anchorage, Alaska from October 11 – 13, 2017. Participants included Arctic Council State and Permanent Participant representatives, Indigenous Knowledge experts, scientists, ...
  • Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan: Annual Report 2017 and Work Plan 2018. CAFF Monitoring Report No. 26 

    Lento, J.; Culp, J.; Goedkoop, W.; Christoffersen, K.; Guðbergsson, G.; Liljaniemi, P.; Sandøy, S.; Whitman, M.; Zimmerman, C. (CAFF, 2018)
    The CBMP-Freshwater Plan, developed by the Freshwater Expert Monitoring Group (FEMG) of the CBMP, is the result of work undertaken during workshops held in Uppsala, Sweden (2010) and Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada ...
  • Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): Revised Workplan 2015-2019. CAFF Strategies Series No. 6 

    Syroechkovskiy, E.; Provencher; Johnston, J. V.; Crockford, N.; Lanctot, R. B.; Millington, S.; Clay, R.; Donaldson, G.; Ekker, M.; Gilchrist, G.; Black, A.; Crawford, R.; Price, C.; Barry, T. (CAFF, 2018)
    The East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) is a migratory corridor that stretches from the Russian Far East and Alaska, southwards through East Asia and Southeast Asia, to Australia and New Zealand, encompassing 22 countries ...
  • Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program Strategic Plan: 2018-2021 

    Logan, S.; Christensen, T.; Barry, T.; Price, C.; Lárussoon, K.F. (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, 2018)
    The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) is the biodiversity monitoring program of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF1), the biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council. The CBMP coordinates, ...
  • Marine Fishes of the Arctic Region Volume 2 

    Mecklenburg, Catherine W.; Lynghammar, Arve; Johannesen, Edda; Byrkjedal, Ingvar; Christiansen, Jørgen S.; Dolgov, Andrey V.; Karamushko, Oleg V.; Møller, Peter R.; Steinke, Dirk; Wienerroither, Rupert M. (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, 2018)
    This atlas provides information on geographic distributions, habitat, taxonomy, and morphological identification characteristics for 205 of the marine fish species occurring in the Arctic Region, including maps showing ...
  • Marine Fishes of the Arctic Region Volume 1 

    Mecklenburg, Catherine W.; Lynghammar, Arve; Johansen, Edda; Byrkjedal, Ingvar; Dolgov, Andrey V.; Kaamushko, Oleg V.; Mecklenburg, T. Anthony; Møller, Peter R.; Steinke, Dirk; Wienerroither, Rupert M.; Christiansen, Jørgen S. (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, 2018)
    This atlas provides information on geographic distributions, habitat, taxonomy, and morphological identification characteristics for 205 of the marine fish species occurring in the Arctic Region, including maps showing ...
  • State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity; Key Findings and Advice for Monitoring 

    Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, 2017-05-11)
    The State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report (SAMBR), is a product of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CMBP) of the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group. The ...
  • State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report 

    Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, 2017-05-11)
    This State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report (SAMBR) is the first integrated reporting outcome from the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP). The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) (Meltofte 2013) ...
  • Arctic Protected Areas; Indicator Report, 2017 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME); Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna and Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    CAFF and PAME Working Groups of the Arctic Council developed this indicator report. It provides an overview of the status and trends of protected areas in the Arctic.
  • Arctic Invasive Alien Species: Strategy and Action Plan 2017 

    Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF); Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna and Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    Globally, invasive alien species are among the most significant drivers of biodiversity loss (McNeely et al. 2001, Bellard et al. 2016) and, in some ecosystems, they are clearly the primary contributors to species endangerment ...
  • CAFF Workshop on Conservation of Migratory Arctic Birds, Songli, Norway, 10-11 September 2000 

    Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) (CAFF International Secretariat, Akureyri, Iceland, 2000)
    The theme of the Workshop was ‘Conservation of Migratory Arctic Birds’. The goal of the workshop was to facilitate improved co-ordination and collaboration among Arctic countries sharing migratory bird species and/or ...
  • CAFF / AMAP Workshop on a Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program 

    Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF); Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (CAFF International Secretariat, Iceland / AMAP Secretariat, Norway., 2000-02)
    This Report provides a summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop with full presentations attached as appendices.
  • Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative: 북극 철새 이니셔티브 동아시아 - 대양주 (Korean version) 

    Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) (CAFF International Secretariat, 2015)
    A one page description of the priority species, actions and activities of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): East Asian-Australasian Flyway. (in Korean)
  • 2013-2021 북극 생물다양성을 위한 행동계획 북극 생물다양성 평가 권고안 이행방안 (Korean version) 

    Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) (CAFF International Secretariat, 2015)
    This document, Actions for Biodiversity 2013- 2021: implementing the recommendations of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, comprises the implementation plan for the 17 recommendations of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment ...
  • Pacific Arctic Marine Fishes 

    Mecklenburg, Catherine W.; Mecklenburg, Anthony T.; Sheiko, Boris A.; Steinke, Dirk (CAFF International Secretariat, 2016-05-10)
    This atlas and guide presents results of the Russian American Long-Term Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA) fish investigations conducted by bottom trawl in the Pacific Arctic region northward from Bering Strait. Species accounts ...
  • ᐃᓅᓯᖅ ᐊᑕᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᒧᑦ ᓇᐹᑐᖃᖏᓐᓂᕐᒧᑦ (letter North American) 

    Eamer Science & Policy (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), 2015)
    The tundra supports such amazing animals and plants! Print out and put together this pocket guide to help you explore this environment: see if you can spot birds and caribou! (size letter North American)
  • ᐃᓅᓯᖅ ᐊᑕᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᒧᑦ ᓇᐹᑐᖃᖏᓐᓂᕐᒧᑦ (A4 international) 

    Eamer Science & Policy (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), 2015)
    The tundra supports such amazing animals and plants! Print out and put together this pocket guide to help you explore this environment: see if you can spot birds and caribou! (size A4 international)
  • ᐃᓅᓯᖅ ᐊᒃᑐᐊᔪᖅ ᐅᐱᕐᖔᕐᒧᑦ (North American letter size) 

    Eamer Science & Policy (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), 2015)
    What makes spring such a special time of year? The sun is shining, birds are chirping, plants are blooming. Print out and put together this pocket guide to help you explore what happens during spring in your area! (North ...
  • ᐃᓅᓯᖅ ᐊᒃᑐᐊᔪᖅ ᐅᐱᕐᖔᕐᒧᑦ (A4 international) 

    Eamer Science & Policy (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), 2015)
    What makes spring such a special time of year? The sun is shining, birds are chirping, plants are blooming. Print out and put together this pocket guide to help you explore what happens during spring in your area! (In ...

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