Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna

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.

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CAFF is governed by a Chair and Management Board, and supported and coordinated by the International CAFF Secretariat.

What does CAFF do?

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.

CAFF’s projects provide data for informed decision making to resolve challenges arising from trying to conserve the natural environment and permit regional growth. This work is based upon cooperation between all Arctic countries, indigenous organizations, international conventions and organizations, and is guided by the CAFF Strategic Plan for the Conservation of Arctic Biological Diversity and biennial Work Plans.

To successfully conserve the natural environment and allow for economic development, comprehensive baseline data is require, including the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity, habitats and ecosystem health. CAFF is developing the framework and tools necessary to create a baseline of current knowledge, and to provide dynamic assessments over time. This evolving, sustainable and responsive approach can produce more regular, timely and flexible analyses.

Mia Rönkä
Mia Rönkä
CAFF Chair

Tom Barry

Executive Secretary
CAFF Secretariat

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CAFF news

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Introducing the new CAFF Chair: “The Arctic is important for everyone”

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Events

31 Jan-04 Feb 2022
CAFF Board Meeting 2022 Kittilä, Finland
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  • Buffies travel 18,000 miles along the Midcontinent flyway, connecting the Arctic and South America, follow its travels and the heroes who conserve this amazing grassland dependent Arctic shorebird storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/c56727… @WHSRN @USFWSAlaska @AudubonAlaska1 #Arcticbirdfest https://t.co/3ija9fmVLR November 22 4:55 pm