15 May 2013 - The Conservation of Arctic Flora
and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the
Arctic Council has published the “Arctic Biodiversity
Assessment (ABA),” a report on the status and trends
of Arctic biodiversity.
The Arctic hosts a significant array of biodiversity, including
migratory species such as the Blue Whale, the Fin Whale,
the Harbour Seal, shark species and birds such as the Red
Knot, which are listed on the CMS Appendices. In the light
of increasing stressors on Arctic fauna, understanding biodiversity
changes and responses is necessary to conserve migratory
The Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of
Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and its relevant
Agreements welcome these findings and accompanying policy
recommendations for biodiversity conservation. CMS and CAFF
recently signed a resolution of cooperation to better integrate
efforts to protect and conserve Arctic migratory species.
The African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement and CAFF signed
a similar resolution on cooperation last year.
Mutual sharing of information and data
assessments on migratory species between the CMS Family
and CAFF is a crucial element of the Joint Work Plan 2013-2015
which was recently developed in the context of the resolution
Last updated on 16 June 2014