The Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS)

The ABDS is the online, interoperable data management system for biodiversity data generated via the activities of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), including the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP). The goal of ABDS is to facilitate access, integration, analysis and display of biodiversity information for scientists,practitioners, managers, policy makers and others working to understand, conserve and manage theArctic's wildlife and ecosystems. The ABDS ensures that biodiversity data provided to CAFF are organized to guarantee a lasting legacy in a manner that facilitates data discovery; increased understanding; more informed andrapid decision-making; and ongoing research. Each time a new report or product is released by CAFF the datasets involved are archived and made accessible via the ABDS.

ABDS Metadata portal

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Arctic OBIS Ocean Biodiversity Information System

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Arctic GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility

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Data upload Contribute data to the ABDS

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Headline indicator data



Protected Areas

Land Cover Change

ASTI Arctic Species Trend Index

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) data


CBMP marine monitoring


CBMP freshwater monitoring

CBMP Background

CBMP terrestrial monitoring

CBMP Terrestrial



All boundaries

CAFF Border

High, low and sub-Arctic boundaries

Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA)

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Sensitive and protected areas data


Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment AMSA 2C

Protected Areas

Ecologically and Biologically Sensitive Areas (EBSAs)


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