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Rapid Changes for Arctic Flora and Fauna

Arctic Biodiversity Assessment – Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Selected indicators of change report

Unique Arctic habitats for flora and fauna, including sea ice, tundra, lakes, and peatlands have been disappearing over recent decades, and some characteristic Arctic species have shown a decline. The changes in Arctic Biodiversity have global repercussions and are further creating challenges for people living in the Arctic.

The above statements are examples on the key findings describing changes in Arctic biodiversity that is presented in ‘The Arctic Biodiversity Trends – 2010: Selected Indicators of Change’, a new report recently launched synthesizing scientific findings on the status and trends for selected biodiversity in the Arctic issued by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group under the Arctic Council.

This report was recently launched at the Arctic Council Deputy Ministers’ meeting in Copenhagen on May 27. GRID-Arendal contributed to the report through editing, graphic design and the production of all cartographics.

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All the graphics in this report, such as the above depicting the status of polar bear sub-populations in the Arctic, are freely available to download. Please visit the GRID-Arendal maps and graphics at

Friday 28 May 2010