The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, the high-level intergovernmental forum to promote cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic states of Canada, USA, Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.

CAFF's mandate is to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and to communicate its findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure the sustainability of the Arctic’s living resources. It does so through various monitoring, assessment and expert group activities.

The working groups are an essential part of the Council, contrbuting information to shape decision-making in the region. CAFF serves as a vehicle to cooperate on species and habitat management and utilization, to share information on management techniques and regulatory regimes, and to facilitate more knowledgeable decision-making. It provides a mechanism to develop common responses on issues of importance for the Arctic ecosystem such as development and economic pressures, conservation opportunities and political commitments.

CAFF is governed by a Chair and Management Board, and supported and coordinated by the International CAFF Secretariat, based in Akureyri, Iceland, with five employees.

Current Projects

CAFF takes part in numerous projects but two stand out in 2013. They are the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) and the  Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP). The ABA report was released in May and is the result of seven years of scientific work where over 300 scientists and Indigenous peoples have worked together on the first comprehensive report on Arctic biodiversity.

It is a landmark for CAFF´s work and shape work for the years to come. The CBMP 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. 


caff website

The CAFF website is comprehensive and packed with data and information. It contains information about the CBMP, assessments and expert groups. The website has over 700 publications and information about expert groups in the fields of flora, seabirds, protected areas, marine ecosystems, freshwater ecosystems and terrestrial tcosystems. CAFF makes its data available where possible on the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS). All information is in English.

The website is


caff arctic marine biodiversity monitoring planPublished Material 

Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan 

Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Selected Indicators of Change

Arctic Species Trend Index: Key Findings from an In-depth Look at Marine Species and Development of Spatial Analysis Techniques

Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

• Arctic Biodiversity Assessment.

More CAFF publications.


caff tom barryContact

Name: Tom Barry

Job title: Executive Secretary

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Telephone: +354 462-3350




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