Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article looks at the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS) from Working Group CAFF.

The Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS) is the data-management framework for managing data generated via the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and its Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP). It is an online, interoperable data-management system that will serve as a focal point and common platform for all CAFF programs and projects as well as be a dynamic source for up-to-date circumpolar Arctic biodiversity information and emerging trends.

The goal of the ABDS is to facilitate access, integration, analysis and display of biodiversity information for scientists, practitioners, managers, policy makers and others working to understand, conserve and manage the Arctic's wildlife and ecosystems.

“The development of the ABDS is a core CAFF project,” said Reidar Hindrum, CAFF’s Norwegian Chair. “It will ensure that biodiversity data generated by CAFF are organized and available to guarantee a lasting legacy of all our hard work.”

Learn more about the ABDS and access data holdings: www.abds.is or directly visit CAFF’s GeoNetwork: http://geo.abds.is/geonetwork/srv/eng/catalog.search#/home

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Image: Avian biodiversity in the Arctic. Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, 2013.