Red List assessment has been conducted for five groups of species on Svalbard. Overall, 270 species of vascular plants, springtails, freshwater fish, birds and mammals were evaluated. Of these, 71 species were red listed, of which 47 are considered to be threatened.
Global climate change is expected to cause major alterations in the years to come to the arctic ecosystems on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. These environmental changes will most likely be detected early through changes in the insect fauna.
The Species Observation System, a citizen science system, is an online service where anyone can register observations of species in Norway. The system was launched by the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre in 2008, with remarkable success. The 10 millionth bird observation was recorded on October 5th, and the total number of records of all other species groups are 1,4 million records in November 2014!
Access to knowledge is vital for good decisions. Through cooperation between Norway, India and Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Norwegian experiences has contributed to better accessibility and better dissemination of data on biodiversity in India.