The Arctic Biodiversity Data Service

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CAFF Boundary

Defines the area covered by the the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group of the Arctic Council. Each Arctic Council country was responsible for defining their Arctic boundary.


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Highlighted ongoing CAFF data projects and partnerships


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The ABDS is the data-management framework for managing data generated via the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and it’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP). 

foxIt is an online, interoperable data management system which 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.

It will allow for discovery, archiving and access to data at various spatial, temporal, and taxonomic scales (e.g., populations, regions, nations, circumpolar, biomes, habitats) allowing users to explore relationships and factors driving change. Such a framework is essential to ensure effective, consistent, and long-term management of the data resulting from CAFF and partners activities.

Consolidating the vast amount of disaggregated data across all Arctic sub-regions and biomes will improve access to biodiversity status and trends information and promote a deeper understanding of inter-relationships at the local, regional, circumpolar and global scale.

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. It will ensure that biodiversity data generated by CAFF are organised to guarantee a lasting legacy in a manner which facilitates:

  • Data discovery and accessibility;
  • Increased understanding;
  • Informed and more rapid decision making;
  • The widest possible exchange of relevant data;
  • Highlight ongoing research; and
  • Improve the visibility of the work of CAFF and its partners. 

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