On Thursday, 11 October, participants of the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018 gathered in Rovaniemi, Finland, to attend the third day of the event. In the morning, several parallel sessions took place on, among other things, the following items:
pan-Arctic assessments of plant diversity;
community-based monitoring of Arctic biodiversity;
monitoring changes in the biodiversity of Arctic coastal ecosystems;
effects of persistent organic pollutants and mercury on Arctic wildlife;
transboundary management of Arctic biodiversity;
ideas from Alaskan Native women about enhanced science communication and outreach; and
species specific conservation action.
During lunchtime, participants were invited to join a poetry session, and the afternoon featured parallel sessions on: wetlands, conservation and sustainable harvest, freshwater systems, shipping, and the involvement of youth in Arctic conservation.
The afternoon continued with a report from the Arctic Youth Summit, and a panel session featuring a discussion between Arctic Environment Ministers and other government representatives from the Arctic states.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily digital coverage and has provided a summary report from the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018.
From L-R: Moderator Martin Breum; Per Ängquist, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden; Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, Iceland; Atle Hamar, State Secretary, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway; and Martine Dubuc, Associate Deputy Minister, Environment and Climate Change, Canada
Atle Hamar, State Secretary, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway
Martine Dubuc, Associate Deputy Minister, Environment and Climate Change, Canada
Per Ängquist, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden and Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, Iceland
Cynthia Jacobson, Chair, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
Dmitry Kobylkin, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Russian Federation
Judith Garber, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US
Åsa Larsson-Blind, President of the Saami Council
Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment, Finland, and Åsa Larsson-Blind, President of the Saami Council
Community-Based Monitoring of Arctic Biodiversity
Audrey Taylor, University of Alaska Anchorage
Paul MacDonald, Canadian Wildlife Service
Philippe Fayt, Snowchange Cooperative
Simone Gress Hansen, Snowchange Cooperative
Ideas for Enhancing Effective Communication and Outreach for Subsistence-Based Households in Western Alaska: What We Learned from Alaskan Native Women
Elizabeth Kersey, Alaska Climate Resiliency Project
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