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Development of a Multi-Scale Monitoring Programme: Lessons from Circumpolar Biodiversity Program 2002-2022

The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP), initiated by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, has played a crucial role in coordinating international efforts to monitor and assess Arctic biodiversity. This paper outlines the CBMP's development over the past two decades, highlighting challenges, lessons learned, and its impact on global initiatives. The success of the CBMP is attributed to effective coordination, sustained funding, improved standards, inclusive knowledge-sharing, data management, communication, and international engagement. The paper concludes by emphasizing key prerequisites and next steps for enhancing biodiversity monitoring, assessment, and policy, making it a valuable model for similar programs worldwide.

Tom, B., Tom, C., Behe, C., Coon, C., Culp, J. M., Fletcher, S., Gill, M., Goedkoop, W., Hindrum, R., Jacobson, C., Jones, T., Lárusson, K. F., Lento, J., Marissink, M., McLennan, D., Price, C., Rönkä, M., Svoboda, M., Thaulow, I., Taylor, J., Wegeberg, S., Schmidt, N. M., & Smith, R. (2023). Development of a multi-scale monitoring programme: Approaches for the Arctic and lessons learned from the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme 2002-2022. Frontiers in Conservation Science, 4.