TYUMEN, February 28 (Itar-Tass) —— A conference of the committee of the Arctic Council for Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) will be held in the capital of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area on Tuesday. The meeting program includes a report of the executive of committee of the project “Assessment of Arctic Biodiversity.”
The program also includes a symposium on Arctic biodiversity, consideration of the pace of implementation of the Program of Monitoring of Circumpolar Biodiversity and other events.
Russia, as the press service of the governor of Yamal reports, will preside at the CAFF working group in the next two years. Such a decision was adopted at a ministerial session of the Arctic Council in 2011.
The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum of circumpolar states which is effective since 1996. This is a central organization of cooperation in the Arctic in the sphere of environmental protection and stable development of the region. The council was formed by eight Arctic countries: Russia, Canada, the United States, Denmark, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Sweden.
CAFF is one of the working groups of the Arctic Council the main task of which is to develop international cooperation for studying the state of biodiversity in the Arctic region with the aim of taking into account the given information while adopting political decisions.
It is not accidental that Salekhard was chosen as a venue of the meeting. Seventy percent of the Russian territory is situated in the north. The Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area occupies the central geographical place in the Arctic zone of Russia and is one of the most developed and important territories of Russia, as well as the main territory for implementing the biggest projects in the Arctic zone.