CAFF logoThe Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council. The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

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.

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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.


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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.

Main publications and reports

  • CAFF publications are available here.

CAFF in social media

Contact information

caff tom barry

Name: Tom Barry
Job title: Executive Secretary
Telephone: +354 462-3350


CAFF is governed by a Chair and Management Board that consists of National Representatives assigned by each of the eight Arctic Council Member States and Permanent  Participants representing the six Indigenous Peoples' organizations of the circumpolar north. The board meets twice a year to provide ongoing oversight to the work of CAFF. The CAFF International Secretariat assists the CAFF Chair, Management Board and Working Group to implement the CAFF work plan, and provides necessary support to the  CAFF program.

Contact person

Name: Courtney Price
Job title: Communications Manager
Telephone: +354 462-3353,
+354 821-3609

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