Work Package 7: Improving and harmonizing biodiversity monitoring workshop report - Rif Field Station, Raufarhöfn, Iceland August 22-24, 2017

The 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 CAFF s 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.