IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) Coverage
IISD RS has produced daily web coverage and a summary report from the Arctic Biodiversity Congress. In order to download our report, click the HTML or PDF icons below.
Summary Report   Summary
 
htm
pdf
7 December   HTML version PDF format
Summary Report   Summary
 
htm
pdf
7 December   HTML version PDF format
Loading...
Sign up for Biodiversity-L
Sign up for ENB
Biodiversity Policy & Practice

Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2014

2-4 December 2014 | Trondheim, Norway
.
Daily Web Coverage
Highlights for Wednesday, 3 December 2014

On Wednesday morning, the Arctic Biodiversity Congress resumed with a plenary talk by Janos Pasztor, WWF International, on the theme “Arctic biodiversity begins at home."

The day included two roundtable brainstorming sessions, one in the morning on immediate and long-term action for implementing the ABA recommendations, and the other in the afternoon on the extent to which biodiversity underpins participants’ work and barriers to mainstreaming biodiversity. In the morning discussion, many participants remarked on the urgency of all 17 ABA recommendations, noting that action will only be effective if they are addressed in conjunction. Several also stressed that all recommendations require long-term actions. In the afternoon, among the barriers identified in mainstreaming biodiversity, participants noted: a lack of long-term political will and commitment; a gap between science and practice; and tension between use value and intrinsic value.

Participants also convened in multiple parallel sessions throughout the day, with themes including: ecosystem services; public education and outreach for Arctic conservation; the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme; ecological characterization and monitoring related to energy exploration and development; a pan-Arctic perspective on measuring the current and future impacts of a changing Arctic on biodiversity; and identifying and safeguarding protected and sensitive areas.

.
Arctic mountains on Svalbard. Photo: Kate Harris

Funding for coverage of the Arctic Biodiversity Congress has been provided by the
Arctic Council’s Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
CAFF


Morning Plenary Talk and Roundtable Discussions
.
Participants filled the room for a plenary talk and roundtable discussions
Janos Pasztor, WWF International, gave a plenary talk titled “Arctic biodiversity begins at home."
Roundtable conversations offered opportunities for participants to meet new colleagues and exchange ideas.
Participants representing different stakeholder groups came together to address the ABA recommendations.
Delegates engaged actively in discussions throughout the session.
Ideas for immediate and long-term actions for implementing ABA recommendations were considered.
Participants entered their groups' ideas directly into a shared, online database, using laptops and smartphones.
With 17 ABA recommendations to consider, delegates had no shortage of ideas to discuss.
Conversations were animated and amiable, with participants focused on action.

Morning Sessions
1 1 1
1

Stefanie Deinet, Zoological Society of London

1
1 1 1
 
1 1 1
1

Marianne Kroglund, Norwegian Environment Agency

1
1 1 1
 
1 1 1
1

Mikå Mered, French Polar Cluster

1
1 1 1
Koen Broker, Shell Global Solutions
Presenter in the "Arctic arthropods: practical and profitable" session

Afternoon Sessions
Alexander Shestakov, WWF Global Arctic Programme
Participants listening to presentations on ecological characterization and monitoring in relation to energy exploration and development.
Participant discussions during the session on a "horizon scan of the management of Eurasian reindeer."
Edda Johannesen, Institute of Marine Research, Norway
Martin Sommerkorn, WWF Global Arctic Programme
Session on promoting public education and outreach for improved Arctic conservation.
1 1 1
1

Kevin Hedges, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

1
1 1 1
 
1 1 1
1

Paul Holthus, World Ocean Council

1
1 1 1
 
1 1 1
1

Anna Kuhmonen, Finnish Environment Institute

1
1 1 1
David Klein, University of Alaska–Fairbanks, US
Neil Hamilton, Greenpeace

Afternoon Roundtable Discussion
Editors compiling text from the afternoon roundtable discussions.
Asked to identify the barriers to mainstreaming biodiversity, participants highlighted numerous challenges.
Participants deliberated over ways to increase the extent to which biodiversity considerations underpin their work.
The challenges of mainstreaming biodiversity kept delegates engaged and involved through the afternoon.

Around the Venue

Related Links
Congress Resources

*Congress Website *Congress Program
*Congress Goals *Congress Background
*CAFF and Arctic Council Information *CAFF website
*Arctic Council Website


IISD RS Resources

*IISD RS coverage of Seventh Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity - “Ecology and Economy for a Sustainable Society”, 27-31 May 2013, Trondheim, Norway

*BIODIVERSITY-L - A Mailing List for News on Biodiversity and Wildlife Policy

*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy

bulletLinkages Update - Bi-weekly International Environment and Sustainable Development News
View HTML version Questions about the content of this page? E-mail the Digital Editor
| Back to IISD RS "Linkages" | Visit IISDnet | Send e-mail to IISD RS |
© 2014
, IISD. All rights reserved.