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ABAScienceThe Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council has released the“Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA),” a report containing the best available science informed by traditional ecological knowledge on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity and accompanying policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation.

Please find attached a press package including a press release (available in EnglishFinnish and Inuktitut), a summary of the key findings and policy recommendations arising from the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Report for Policy Makers (available in English, Russian and Inuktitut). As well as some backgrounders and photos for press use. This information can also be found on the ABA website: www.arcticbiodiversity.is , which we hope you will visit.

More detailed information on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity can be found in  the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report and the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Synthesis.

The ABA, involving over 250 scientists has been produced by some of the world’s leading experts and was presented to the Foreign Ministers of the Arctic Council countries at the Arctic Council Ministerial on May 15. This major circumpolar effort provides a much needed description of the state of biodiversity in the Arctic. The ABA:

·         creates a baseline for use in global and regional assessments of Arctic biodiversity which will inform and guide future Arctic Council work;

·         provides up-to-date knowledge gathered from scientific publications supplemented with insights from traditional knowledge holders;

·         identifies gaps in the data record;

·         describes key mechanisms driving change; and

·         presents science-based suggestions for action on addressing major pressures on Arctic biodiversity.

If you have any questions please contact Mark Marissink, ABA Steering Committee Chair,  Tom Barry, Executive Secretary, CAFF International Secretariat or Courtney Price, Communications Officer, CAFF International Secretariat.

You can also follow CAFF on Twitter @CAFFSecretariat or on our Arctic Biodiversity Facebook page.

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caffThe Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council has released the “Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA),” a report containing the best available science informed by traditional ecological knowledge on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity and accompanying policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation.

To accompany the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report and the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Synthesis, CAFF has prepared a summary of the key findings and developed policy recommendations in an Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Report for Policy Makers (available in English, Russian and Inuktitut). These documents, as well as apress release (available in English, Finnish and Inuktitut) and additional information for partners and members of the press (photos, videos, backgrounders) can be found on the ABA website: www.arcticbiodiversity.is , which we hope you will visit.

The ABA, involving over 250 scientists has been produced by some of the world’s leading experts and was presented to the Foreign Ministers of the Arctic Council countries at the Arctic Council Ministerial on May 15. This major circumpolar effort provides a much needed description of the state of biodiversity in the Arctic. The ABA:

·         creates a baseline for use in global and regional assessments of Arctic biodiversity which will inform and guide future Arctic Council work;

·         provides up-to-date knowledge gathered from scientific publications supplemented with insights from traditional knowledge holders;

·         identifies gaps in the data record;

·         describes key mechanisms driving change; and

·         presents science-based suggestions for action on addressing major pressures on Arctic biodiversity

Interact-logoINTERACT Transnational Access call will be open 1st August – 30th September, 2013.

Learn more about the call and available sites from the INTERACT website at http://www.eu-interact.org/ 

Register to the on-line application system already now, and apply INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!

SCAR logo white backgroundThe Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is embarking on a unique and exciting project to identify the most important and compelling questions in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science over the next two decades. A collective, community-based vision of the 100 highest priority scientific questions will be developed to assist in strategic planning; influence future directions in Antarctic research; highlight opportunities for collaborations and synergies; identify future critical infrastructure, logistical, and technological needs; and inform international decisions about investments in the Antarctic scientific enterprise.  For this project to be successful, we need your opinion and insight on what are or will be THE scientific questions that once answered, will measurably improve our understanding of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and its connections to the Earth and climate systems and beyond.

For further details go directly to: http://www.scar.org/horizonscanning/

AFT2014Here is a great opportunity for you to gain some leadership experience from the APECS partner – Arctic Frontiers Conference!

Arctic Frontiers 2014will be held at the University of Tromsø, Norway from 19 to 24 January 2014. The theme of the conference is 'Humans in the Arctic'. Traditionally, Arctic Frontiers is a major Arctic forum that brings together science, industry and policy. As with previous years the policy section will run for the first two days (20-21 January) followed by three days of science section (22-24 January).  The science section will have four parts under 2 main themes:

Health, Society and Environment
Part I – Health, Work & Wellbeing in the Arctic
Part II – Health & Environment in the Arctic

Operational Challenges
Part III – Shipping & Offshore in the Arctic
Part IV – Search and Rescue

We are very happy to announce that APECS has been asked to nominate early career researchers to join scientific committees for each of the four Parts (4 early career researchers in total) during the Arctic Frontiers 2014. No special travel funding can be provided by the Arctic Frontiers secretariat; therefore a priority will be given to Arctic early career researchers that are already planning to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference (incl. the Young Scientists Forum, that allows for participation at a reduced registration fee rate).

We encourage all young researchers (APECS members and non-members) to apply for this opportunity - so feel free to pass this along to others you know. If you are interested to take this opportunity, please send your CV and a Statement of Interest (indicating which of four Parts you would be interested in) to the APECS Executive Committee (excom@apecs.is) by May 17th, 2013. All applications will be considered by the APECS Director, members of the Executive Committee and representatives of the Arctic Frontiers.

Should you have any questions please contact Alexey Pavlov at alexey.pavlov@apecs.is or Jenn Provencher at jennifpro@gmail.com. More about Arctic Frontiers Conference at http://arcticfrontiers.com/.

All the best,
Alexey Pavlov, Jenn Provencher and APECS Executive Committee

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Responsibilities and tasks of members of the science committee:

Members of the scientific committee are the people in charge of reviewing abstracts submitted for presentation in a session. Generally duties include advertising the session to encourage abstract submissions, working with co-conveners to determine which abstracts are given oral or poster presentations and if any are not acceptable for the session. They are also in charge of running the session at the conference, which includes introducing the speakers, watching so presenters do not go over time, and facilitating question and answer sessions. For early career researchers, this is a great chance to learn how the scientific program of the conference is shaped and planned, to learn about the latest results in your research area, as well as meet many of the people working on topics of interest to you. It’s also a great leadership training exercise. 

SCAR logo white backgroundPublished on 18 April 2013 in the journal Polar Record, the Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment (ACCE) report provides an update on the scientific advances made since the last report in 2009. Important areas in which the science has rapidly advanced include the debate on whether the Antarctic ice sheet is growing or shrinking, and separating the signals of human-induced change from natural variations in the climate system.

A summary of the report in ten points is available from the SCAR website (www.scar.org

A short video interview introducing the report by the editor Prof. John Turner is available at:
http://youtu.be/ixChRFvBmdE

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