Workshop on the importance of within species diversity for conservation and management strategies of biodiversity in the Arctic

IASC-Funded Activity - TWG
16 January 2023 - 19 January 2023
Holar - Holar

The concept of biodiversity is generally understood as a static construct that 1) emphasizes species diversity over intraspecific variation and 2) emphasizes patterns of diversity rather than processes generating and maintaining biodiversity over time, as reflected in public's general lack of understanding of biodiversity concepts.

A species-level focus carries conservation risk, since it does not account for population-level processes underpinning species persistence in ecosystems under human stress and ignores evolutionarily distinctiveness of populations that may not be interchangeable on an ecological level. Populations are lost at a higher rate than species. Losing them can have strong impact on the survival of species.

We will bring together researchers across a range of study species / taxonomic groups, with the aim to: 1) discuss existing research, policy, and approaches to intraspecific variation; 2) identify existing knowledge gaps and how transdisciplinary approaches and data-sharing could aid in addressing these; 3) brainstorm methods for future mapping and monitoring of intraspecific variation to inform research, policymaking, and public education; and 4) devise a plan to gather and collate local knowledge of diversity within species (i.e. indigenous knowledge, local/traditional awareness of within-species differences that have not yet been recorded in Western scientific literature).

Travel Grants: 

Travel Grants are available for participants to the IASC-funded workshop on the importance of within-species diversity for biodiversity conservation and management strategies in the Arctic. The workshop will take place 16 - 19 January 2023 at Hólar University ( in Northwest Iceland. Please read more here:


All Dates

  • From 16 January 2023 to 19 January 2023

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