GRID Polar Division News

Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report to be launched at the IPY Oslo Science Conference

The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report will be launched at the largest ever gathering of polar scientists in Oslo, at the International Polar Year Science Conference.

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The report will be launched at a side event June 10, 2010 at 17:00 at the Norway Convention Centre (Oslo) Room A1-1.  The report launch will be opened by Mark Marissink the Swedish National Representative to the CAFF Working Group. There will then be a panel discussion with participants coming from a variety of disciplines who will discuss arctic biodiversity and the changes now underway

About the 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. 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 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.

GRID-Arendal contributed to the report through editing, graphic design, and the production of all cartographics.

Wednesday 09 Jun 2010