Please find attached a press package including a press release (available in English, Finnish 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.
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.
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