Appendix A - Scoping for Resilience and Management of Arctic Wetland

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. A better understanding is needed in order to increase the resilience of wetland ecosystems. This is one of the reasons why CAFF has undertaken an initiative to enhance engagement in relation to the roles and functions of Arctic wetlands as a resource to support sustainable development and resilience in the Arctic. The overall goal of the project is to enhance the state of knowledge on resilience and management of Arctic wetlands in response to global change, including changes in climate and land use. The goal includes producing policy recommendations to support measures and further develop management strategies to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services including reduction of anthropogenically induced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as improving climate adaptation, and exploring possibilities for sustainable use, especially for indigenous peoples.