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It is happening - CARMA 9, March 6-8, 2018!

“Caribou recovery in a changing landscape”


CARMA 9 will take place 6-8 March 2018 in Whitehorse, Yukon.The CircumArctic Rangifer Monitoring and Assessment (CARMA) Network has since 2004 brought together people concerned about the future of migratory tundra caribou and wild reindeer among seven Arctic nations. Since we have started collaborating, we have shared information about unprecedented and widespread changes in migratory tundra herds and their seasonal ranges.  CARMA has seen that, since the 1990s, most herds have declined, some herds almost disappearing, others experiencing up to 80% declines and, a few are stable or increasing. As co-management boards and agencies are working to halt declines and start recovery, CARMA 9 is focused on how the caribou landscape is changing and the implications for recovery.


Draft CARMA 9 AGENDA (suggestions welcome)


Day 1

The Changing Landscape - introduction
The Changing Landscape –climate
Break-out groups – a warmer climate: ranking the good, the bad, and the ugly and their interactions
The Changing Landscape –fire and food landscapes - an introduction
Break-out groups – monitoring changes in forage and climate


Evening - National and regional round up (snapshots with posters)


Day 2

The Changing landscape: Predation, humans and their activity
Break-out groups – ranking Rangifer and their changing landscape
The signs of early recovery and the risks of apparent stability: recovery lessons from fisheries
Breakout groups – applying the lessons: ranking tough choices


Day 3

Managing herds in changing landscapes – international experience
Putting it together: talk to action: the available tools to manage landscapes
Breakout Groups – Using the tools for putting it together: talk to action:
Closing commentary - Where we are going










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Use CARMA's interactive map to learn more about circumpolar Rangifer herds.

Caribou News

Internationally – what is happening to caribou and wild reindeer?

Taking all caribou and wild reindeer types (forest or boreal; mountain and tundra) into account; IUCN categorized  Rangifer tarandus in 2015, as Vulnerable A2a. Abundance has overall declined by a 40% decline from about 4.8 million to 2.9 million individuals over three generations (about 21-27 years) across their circum-Arctic ranges. The IUCN ranking was Least Concern in 2008 and 1996.

CARMA’s network of contacts and databases contributed to the assessment for migratory tundra caribou and wild reindeer. We recognize still more effort is needed to refine the assessments and to expand their basis. It is worth remembering that uncertainty is high about the extent of the declines and the under-lying mechanisms which vary with region.

Check here for the IUCN assessment http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/29742/0