2018 Arctic Biodiversity Congress
The 2017 West Antarctic Ice Sheet Workshop, sponsored by NSF and NASA, will be held Sunday to Wednesday, October 8-11, 2017 at the Camp Casey Conference Center / Fort Casey State Park on Whidbey Island, Washington. This will be our first time at Camp Casey, which is ~50 miles northwest of Seattle, WA. Camp Casey sits on the Admiralty Inlet, which leads to the Pacific Ocean, and offers excellent views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains as well as easy access to the Olympic Peninsula (via ferry; terminal at the venue).
The NSF-sponsored Interdisciplinary Antarctic Earth Sciences meeting (formerly known as the TAM Meeting) is scheduled for October 11-14 at the same venue, the Camp Casey Conference Center, immediately following the WAIS workshop. The meeting is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss results of recent Antarctic research in the Earth Sciences and to encourage conversations about future interdisciplinary collaborations.
The 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress will build on the success of the first Congress, held in 2014 in Trondheim, Norway and will bring together scientists, policy-makers, government officials, Indigenous representatives, Traditional Knowledge holders, industry, non-governmental organizations and others to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity.
The following goals have been outlined for the Congress, and are intended to guide the structure and contents of the program:
- To consider the Arctic and how it fares in relation to the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
- To facilitate inter-disciplinary discussion, action and status updates on Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) recommendations and subsequent implementation actions among scientists, government officials, policy makers, traditional knowledge holders, indigenous peoples and industry representatives.
- To provide scientific, indigenous, policy, NGO, academia and industry audiences the opportunity to collaborate around the themes of the ABA and its implementation.
- To share experiences in national and international implementation of the ABA recommendations and to advise CAFF on any changes to future phases of the Actions for Arctic Biodiversity implementation plan.
- To highlight the work of CAFF and the Arctic Council in the fields of international environmental science and policy, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development.
- To mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services ensuring that the recommendations and implementation of the ABA are implemented by not just government, but many organizations and peoples, and across sectors.
More details about session themes, registration cost, travel support, etc., for both meetings will follow in the coming weeks. Both food and lodging will be available for all at Camp Casey.