Resolution on Cooperation (RoC) between the Ramsar Convention and the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group

18/07/2012

Arctic wetlands, and especially Arctic peatlands, provide significant natural ecosystem services as well as goods required by people. 60% of the total ecosystem area of the Arctic region is covered by wetlands. They play a crucial role in permafrost protection, water regulation, greenhouse gas exchange, primary production and accumulation of biomass.

However arctic wetlands are undergoing active degradation induced by human impacts and climate change. They are hardly recognised and extremely valuable, fragile, vulnerable and threatened ecosystems which demand a specific management approach and a much higher level of attention from stakeholders than they enjoy at present. The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) programme is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council. It aims to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and to communicate its findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure the sustainability of the Arctic’s living resources.

On 12 July, Anada Tiéga, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention, and Inge Thaulow, programme on the Conservation of Arctic Fauna and Flora (CAFF) of the Arctic Council, Greenland, signed a Resolution of Cooperation (RoC) during a special session at COP11 in Bucharest, Romania.The Resolution of Cooperation recognizes the mutual importance of Arctic wetlands to both organizations, and highlights potential opportunities to collectively build and share knowledge, create awareness and enhance capacity for understanding change in these important ecosystems.

Anada Tiéga (left) and Inge Thaulow signing the Resolution of Cooperation


Find out more on the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group here:
http://caffportal.arcticportal.org/

Photos: Ramsar Secretariat © Tobias Salathé

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