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The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) is an international network of scientists and local resource users working together to detect, understand, report on and respond to important trends in the Arctic. In the past, CBMP has been successful at implementing pan-Arctic approaches within the information management of Arctic biodiversity. However, due to structural and financial challenges within the Arctic Council, which CBMP is a part of, the Arctic people have not been able to fully engage with CBMP efforts, limiting the opportunity to share and utilize the vast amount of local/Traditional Knowledge.
To improve and expand the application of local and traditional knowledge, an inventory is in the process of being created to monitor and obtain basic descriptive, location, and citation information of local and traditional knowledge programs, projects or datasets. The information gathered will help communicate current biodiversity monitoring and identify gaps. Once collected, the catalogue of information will be available through the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service, the online catalogue of the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (http://eloka-arctic.org), The Arctic Portal (http://www.arcticportal.org), and CBMP reports.
The inventory will not only serve global understanding of Arctic people's knowledge, but will also serve local needs to help address regional issues.
The attached short questionnaire aims to act as a starting point in building this inventory. The questionnaire is a fillable PDF form and must be completed using a current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader). Please complete each question to the best of your ability and then email the completed form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program
Visit the Alaska Native Knowledge Network to explore publications, curriculum resources, cultural resources, and Alaskan Indigenous knowledge systems.
Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
CAFF, the Biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council, uses traditional ecological knowledge of local and Indigenous people to aid in their assessment of Arctic biodiversity, and to further promote sustainability of Arctic resources.