EBSA workshop for the Arctic
A Regional EBSA Workshop for the Arctic took place in Helsinki, 3-7 March 2014, hosted by the government of Finland. The Workshop described 11 areas meeting the EBSA criteria, of which 9 areas were within the national jurisdiction of the Russian Federation. The Workshop acknowledged the complementary efforts of the Arctic Council Working Group on Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna and intergovernmental organisation and national processes applying EBSA criteria or similar criteria. Duke University provided technical facilitation to the meeting including biogeographic context and >75 physical and biological data layers. The Workshop also gave a particular focus to sharing experiences and challenges on incorporating traditional knowledge and applying socio-cultural criteria to EBSA process. An official report of the workshop will be prepared in due course.