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Since 1992, WWF's Arctic Programme has focused on conservation across the circumpolar world.

How we work

Addressing offshore drilling

For more than a decade, WWF has worked to stop offshore oil and gas development that threatens the wildlife and local communities that thrive in the Arctic’s often brutal environment.

Arctic Ocean regulation

WWF has engaged international experts to advise on how the Arctic Ocean might be better regulated, and participates in an Arctic Council Task Force on Marine cooperation.

Communicating a warming Arctic

WWF brings the effects of climate change in the Arctic to a global audience, and makes the connections between Arctic warming and global impacts.

Conserving walrus

WWF has produced the first-ever report on the circumpolar conservation status of walrus.

Innovating in polar bear research

WWF catalyzes innovation. From extracting DNA from snowy pawprints to supporting tests of infrared camera systems for counting polar bears, WWF works to increase efficiency, reliability, and cost effectiveness of Arctic research.

Participating in the Arctic Council

Finland chairs the Arctic Council from 2016 to 2018. WWF is an official observer at the council, and contributes to the council's work in promoting sustainability, conducting research, and in providing direction to minimize environmental damage from human activities.

Promoting marine governance in Russia

WWF promotes marine governance in the Arctic that includes cooperation and biodiversity protection within the Arctic Council. WWF-Russia previously participated in negotiations on legally binding agreement on Oil Spill Response, and following its approval, promotes its implementation in Russia.

Promoting renewable energy

WWF is advocating for renewable energy, and piloting renewable solutions with some Arctic communities.

Protecting polar bears across borders

WWF addresses conservation of polar bears at the local, national, and international levels. We support community initiatives such as polar bear patrols and contribute to planning and implementing range-wide conservation plans.

Recommending action for walruses

The first circumpolar report on walrus conservation recommends research into the effects of industrial activities on the Arctic animals.

Tools for a blue economy

WWF is advancing ideas and tools to create more sustainable investment and development in the Arctic.


The Circle 01.2022
The Circle 01.2022
17 January 2022
The Circle 03.21
The Circle 03.21
30 September 2021
The Circle 02.21
The Circle 02.21
21 June 2021
ArcNet Technical Report
ArcNet Technical Report
11 May 2021
The Circle 01.21
The Circle 01.21
8 April 2021
Left out in the cold: Methodology
Left out in the cold: Methodology
27 January 2021
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Meet the team

WWF Arctic Coordinating Team

Lead Specialist, Sustainable Development

WWF Arctic Coordinating Team

Senior Specialist, Arctic species

WWF Arctic Coordinating Team

Senior Manager, Communications

WWF Arctic Coordinating Team

Specialist, Communications

WWF Arctic Coordinating Team

Director, WWF Arctic Programme