The Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018


Day 1: October 9 IISD coverage

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Read the IISD/ENB summary report for Tuesday October 9, 2018
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Day 2: October 10 IISD coverage

Read the IISD/ENB summary report for Wednesday October 10, 2018
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Day 3: October 11 IISD coverage

Read the IISD/ENB summary report for Thursday October 11, 2018
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Day 4: October 12 IISD coverage


Read the IISD/ENB summary report for Friday October 12, 2018 (COMING)

Instructions for presenters

Are you speaking at the event? Find out more details on how to submit presentations.

Where to stay?


Book your hotel by August 28 to take advantage of block booking discounts.

List of registered participants

Download a list of registered participants. Current as of October 6.


What's on the agenda?

Arctic Invasive Alien Species (ARIAS) Briefing and "meet and greet"

ARIAS Side Event

Thursday October 11, 9:00-12:00
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Circumpolar Local Environmental Observer (CLEO) Network Meeting

CLEO side meeting

Tuesday October 9, 18:45-20:45
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AMAP/EU-PolarNet Stakeholder Workshop on Research Needs on Arctic Biology and Terrestrial Ecosystem

EU AMAP side event

Friday October 12, 8:30-13:00
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Guideline and tools for Arctic Marine Risk Assessment

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Monday October 8, 12:30-17:00
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 Plenary Panels

The Arctic Biodiveristy Congress will feature three plenary panels, and will be moderatued by independent Danish journalist, Martin Breum.

Plenary panel 1: Our knowledge, our actions: Addressing biodiversity conservation in a changing Arctic


  • Vladimir Kattsov, World Climate Research Program, Russian Federation 
  • Mike Gill, Group on Earth Observations - Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), Canada
  • Gunn-Britt Retter, Saami Council, Norway
  • Tasha Elizarde: Arctic Youth Ambassador

Plenary panel 2: The Arctic in a global context: biodiversity targets, Sustainable Development Goals and a post-2020 agenda


  • Melanie Virtue, Head of CMS Aquatic Species Team, Convention on Migratory Species
  • Alexander Shestakov, Head of Division, Scientific and Policy Support, Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • Dalee Sambo Dorough, Inuit Circumpolar Council
  • Hannele Pokka, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Finland


Plenary Panel 3: Arctic Environment Ministers

Panelists: TBD


The Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018 has been extended for a half-day on October 12 to accommodate an overwhelming demand for program content. The event now runs from October 9-12, 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland. It previously ended on October 11.

Congress organizers have received an overwhelming amount of material and are putting together a very exciting and diverse program. Organizers are currently reaching out to those who have submitted content and will finalize program details in the coming weeks.



Thanks all who has sent in abstracts, organize session and submitted poster.

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