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Description
The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program, a cornerstone programme of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), Arctic Council working Group is an international network of scientists, government agencies, Indigenous organizations and conservation groups working together to harmonize and integrate efforts to monitor the Arctic's living resources.CBMP experts are developing four coordinated and integrated Arctic Biodiversity Monitoring Plans to help guide circumpolar monitoring efforts. Results will be channeled into effective conservation, mitigation and adaptation policies supporting the Arctic. These plans represent the Arctic's major ecosystems(Marine, Freshwater, Coastal, Terrestrial). It is important that monitoring programs develop the most effective reporting strategies if they are to inform decision making. more

To facilitate effective and consistent reporting, the CBMP has chosen a suite of indices and indicators that provide a comprehensive picture of the state of Arctic biodiversity – from species to habitats to ecosystem processes to ecological services. These indices and indicators are developed in a hierarchical manner, allowing users to drill down into the data from the higher-order indices to more detailed indicators. These are being developed through an expert consultation process. The Arctic Species Trend Index (ASTI) is part of this suite of indicators and indices developed by CAFFs CBMP. It tracks trends in over 300 Arctic vertebrate species and comprises the Arctic component of the Living Planet Index. It is important to identify how wildlife and ecosystems are changing in order to develop effective conservation and adaptation strategies in the Arctic, an environment undergoing dramatic changes. The ASTI describes overall trends across species, taxonomy, ecosystems, regions and other categories.

Scope
Themes:
Biology
Keywords:
Marine, PNE, Arctic

Geographical coverage
PNE, Arctic [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1950 - 2012

Parameter
Occurrence of biota

Contributors
Arctic Council; Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), more
Canadian Federal Government; Environment and Climate Change Canada, more
Eamer Science & Policy, more
Government of Canada; Polar Knowledge Canada, more
Zoological Society of London (ZSL), more

Related datasets
Published in:
Arctic Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more
Other relation:
Arctic Species Trend Index (ASTI) : Freshwater, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2017-01-17
Information last updated: 2017-01-17
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