(Photo: Getty Images)The film "Status and Trends in Arctic Biodiversity" addresses current biodiversity issues in the Arctic, and ongoing pressures on its ecosystems. It highlights key issues that surfaced in the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment. The film is a collaborative work of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group and UNEP GRID-Arendal.

Emphasis is placed on the new set of challenges and stressors brought about by climate change and the increase of industrial activities in the region. In view of these challenges, CAFF has set out to provide policymakers and conservation managers with the best available scientific knowledge informed by traditional knowledge on Arctic biodiversity.

The film was approved by Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials' at their meeting in Haparanda in November 2012. Further the film was presented to the eight Arctic Ministers and six Indigenous Peoples representatives at the Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna 15 May 2013.

"Status and Trends in Arctic Biodiversity" was also awarded first place in the documentary category at the Green Lens Environmental Film Festival which is an annual environmental film competition sponsored by the Northern Illinois University´s Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy.

The film is available for the public and can be viewed here.

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