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ICC at CAFF meeting

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Board (one of six working groups under the auspice of the Arctic Council) met in Yellowknife, Canada Sept. 10-12, 2013. This was the first board meeting under the Canadian chairmanship. ICC has been part of the board and a regular participant of CAFF activities for the past almost three years.

Throughout the three day meeting, ongoing projects were addressed such as the implementation of the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment recommendations, and updates on the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program. New projects were proposed by observers such as a WWF’s proposal on ecosystem service evaluation within the Arctic.

ICC offered comments, suggestions and insight on all of the projects with a strong focus on representing Inuit interests and perspectives. ICC has maintained a position that the use of traditional knowledge is needed within Arctic Council projects; from the inception of projects, development of research methodologies, to recommendations.

The next CAFF meeting will be held Feb. 11. - 14. in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik.