Materials and Resources

Biodiversity underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. By halting biodiversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being. Read Sustainable Livelihoods Stories >

Below, you will find a selection of materials to inspire you in your work toward mainstreaming biodiversity and sustaining livelihoods. We hope you will find them useful.

Submitted by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Secretariat

The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment: Report for Policy Makers, 2013

  • Recommendation #4 of this report is under a Mainstreaming headline: "Require the incorporation of biodiversity objectives and provisions into all Arctic Council work and encourage the same for on-going and future international standards, agreements, plans, operations and/or other tools specific to development in the Arctic. This should include, but not be restricted to, oil and gas development, shipping, fishing, tourism and mining.
  • Click here to download report
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Actions for Arctic Biodiversity: Implementing the recommendations of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, 2013-2021

  • The Arctic Council Ministers agreed to implement 17 recommendations articulated in the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment: Report for Policy Makers. Actions for Biodiversity 2013-2021: implementing the recommendations of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, is the implementation plan for the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment's 17 recommendations. It is a living document that will be reviewed and updated every two years. Implementing the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) recommendations requires a combination of building on existing efforts and embarking in new directions.
  • Click here for the full study
  • To download the report
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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for the Arctic: A Scoping Study

  • Decisions are made, both inside and outside the Arctic that affect Arctic nature and people. These include decisions about economic development, land use, climate change, and fisheries or wildlife management. These decisions are often based on economics, or how to protect only certain parts of nature. Other important aspects of the Arctic are sometimes not well understood or considered when these decisions are made. The point of this study is to look at how people in the Arctic and beyond benefit from nature and how decision-making can include a wider range of Arctic values. The study explores at the possibilities of capturing the Arctic’s diverse values beyond today’s market mechanisms. Special attention is given to how the more intangible, yet so important values of this unique region can be made visible. The focus is not on monetary valuation, although this also is part of the approach, but rather how to recognize the importance of the Arctic. Describing and discussing the various view points on what makes the Arctic unique and valuable, in addition to including scientific and traditional knowledge, can be a new way to make people understand what the Arctic means to its inhabitants and the rest of the world.
  • Full scoping study here
  • Click here for the executive summary
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Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative

  • The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) is designed to improve the conservation status and secure the long-term sustainability of declining Arctic breeding migratory bird populations. AMBI will have a positive impact on societies for whom migratory birds are a source of livelihood and spiritual inspiration, and seeks to mainstream biodiveristy considerations into policies and practices surrounding destruction of coastal wetlands for land reclamation and drainage, habitat degradation, trapping/poaching, unsustainable harvesting and climate change. AMBI also provides an early implementation of Recommendation #8 of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment to reduce stressors on migratory species range-wide.
  • To download the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative Workplan 2015-2019
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