On Tuesday, 9 October, the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018 opened in Rovaniemi, Finland.
Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland, welcomed participants underlining the need to foster interactions between scientists and policy makers. He highlighted that the Arctic is not isolated from the rest of the globe, pointing to the region’s role as breeding ground for migratory birds. Niinistö also emphasized that climate change should not only be in the headlines when a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is published, but needs to “stay firmly on the agenda for the foreseeable future.”In the morning, participants attended a plenary session entitled “Our knowledge, Our actions: addressing biodiversity conservation in a changing Arctic,” which highlighted the significant consequences of climate change in the Arctic region, discussed mechanisms to foster co-production between scientists and traditional knowledge holders, and emphasized the need to engage industry actors. In the afternoon, the group of almost 500 participants divided itself among several parallel sessions discussing, inter alia:
- the impact of reduced ice cover in the Arctic marine environment;
- trends in circumpolar Arctic freshwaters;
- cultural heritage and land-use planning;
- early warning and approaches to measuring changes in biodiversity;
- reducing the effects of commercial fishing on biodiversity;
- Arctic biodiversity education and outreach;
- promoting ecosystem services of Arctic wetlands for sustainable development; and
- responsible mining.
In the evening, there was a showcase of short films such as “Our Shared Heritage: Arctic Breeding Birds in the Yellow Sea.”
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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Plenary Panel - Our Knowledge, our Αctions: Addressing Βiodiversity Conservation in a Changing Arctic
The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP) Freshwater: Coordinated Monitoring and Assessment to Improve Knowledge on Status and Trends in Circumpolar Arctic Freshwaters
Large Herbivores as Agents of Ecosystem Based Management in the Circumpolar Arctic
The CBMP as an International Player and a Regional Biodiversity Observation Network of GEO BON: Exploring Synergies
The Problem of the Polar Bear: Does the Symbol of the Arctic Prevent us from Fixing the Arctic?
Understanding Cumulative Effects on Arctic Biodiversity and Landscapes
The State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report
Around the Venue