Highlights and images for 12 October 2018



Tom Barry, Executive Secretary, CAFF

On Friday, 12 October, the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018 gathered in Rovaniemi, Finland, for the last day of the event. In the morning, participants attended parallel sessions, discussing:

  • mainstreaming biodiversity data in the extractive industries;
  • resilience of pastoral ecosystems and livelihoods of nomadic herders;
  • success stories of transboundary and cross-cultural cooperation in the Beringian region;
  • improving knowledge on the marine Arctic environment;
  • addressing conflicts between people and polar bears;
  • guidelines for ecosystem approaches to management in the Arctic;
  • building social-ecological resilience;
  • lessons from Arctic biodiversity monitoring programs; and
  • challenges and opportunities for Arctic ocean protection.

To conclude the congress, a final session was convened to share thoughts on main lessons from the event and ideas about the way forward. Neville Ash, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), emphasized the congress took a broad view of biodiversity and acknowledged the mutual reinforcement of sustainable use and conservation. Tom Barry, CAFF, said the congress successfully fostered vibrant discussions among a diversity of actors. He noted discussions are underway to hold a third edition of the congress, highlighting it would provide a great opportunity to assess the status of Arctic biodiversity halfway through the ten year timeline for tackling climate change identified in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.Closing the event, Aulikki Alanen, Ministry of Environment, Finland, lauded participants for having “truly lived the Rovaniemi spirit of strong environmental protection in the Arctic.”

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily digital coverage and has provided a summary report from the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018.


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Aulikki Alanen, Ministry of Environment, Finland
Neville Ash, Director, UNEP-WCMC
Proteus Partnership: Mainstreaming Biodiversity Information in the Extractives Sector
Jürgen Weissenberger, Equinor
Melania Buffagni, Eni
Matt Jones, UNEP-WCMC
Neville Ash, UNEP-WCMC
Leading by Example: Lessons from Arctic Biodiversity Monitoring Programs and Assessments
Knud Falk, Arctic Falcons Specialist Group
Aleksandr Sokolov, Russian Academy of Sciences
Niels Martin Schmidt, Aarhus University
Eeva Soininen, University of Tromsø
Nomadic Herders: Enhancing the Resilience of Pastoral Ecosystems and Livelihoods of Nomadic Herders
Kathrine Johnsen, GRID-Arendal, and Svein Mathiesen, Association of World Reindeer Herders
Anna Skarin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Mikael Kuhmonen, Sami reindeer herder
Between Sessions
CAFF team and congress organizers group photo
Around the Venue