Japan joined 9 other countries and 3 indigenous people’s organizations in a meeting of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, held in Dutch Harbor/Unalaska September 4-5.
During the meeting the CAFF Board examined the products of its working groups which included the status reports from its monitoring plan initiative, a work plan from CBird (a working group in which Japan is also a participant), a development plan from its newly formed invasive species groups, and a progress report and workplan from its migratory flyways group. Japan had an opportunity to show-case its seabird research on St. Lawrence Island and to meet with other researchers from Alaska. The Qawalangin tribe of Unalaska were gracious hosts; they held a welcome potluck and shared the islands wildlife, World War II, and Russian history with meeting participants.
Alexis Will (NIPR / a member of Theme 6)