Wetlands conservation and restoration important for climate change resilience and sustainable development in the Arctic

Wetlands conservation and restoration important for climate change resilience and sustainable development in the Arctic

1 July 2021

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Small tundra peatland pond in Greenland

Foreign Ministers of the Arctic States (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States of America), representatives of Arctic indigenous peoples and observers meeting on 20 May 2021 in Reykjavik, Iceland for the 12th meeting of the Arctic Council adopted a number of wetland-related recommendations.

They were prepared through a specific project of the Council’s working group on the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) with whom the Convention on Wetlands signed a Memorandum of Cooperation at COP11 (2012). The wetland project benefited from the active engagement of the Convention's national focal points in the Arctic countries.

It focused first on a mapping exercise of the state of knowledge on resilience and management of Arctic wetlands in response to climate and land use changes. Case studies of wetland management and conservation with indigenous participation were analysed and approaches explored to learn how to make national wetland inventories more comparable.

Key findings were prepared, and policy recommendations to strengthen the resilience of Arctic wetlands, which are highly relevant both within and outside the Arctic. The key documents and short explanatory videos can be accessed here.