Delivery of WWF Underwater Noise petition to Arctic Council

3 May 2019

Governance Finland Narwhal Bowhead whale Wildlife Ocean

Media advisory

DATE: May 5, 2019 (Sunday),
TIME: 17:30-18:00
LOCATION: Meeting room Lumi, 1st floor, Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi, Finland

Presentation of a petition on underwater noise to the Arctic Council Secretariat on behalf of citizens from over 100 countries around the world. The petition urges Arctic Council states to acknowledge in their 2019 Ministerial Declaration that the impact of underwater noise on Arctic biodiversity, coastal and Indigenous communities is an issue that must be addressed through new research and cooperation.


  • Dr. Peter Winsor, Director, WWF Arctic Programme
  • Dr. Liisa Rohweder, Secretary General of WWF-Finland and Chair of WWF Arctic Programme
  • Nina Buvang Vaaja, Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat

Notes for media:
Following a brief presentation, Drs Winsor and Rohweder will be available for questions about WWF’s work on underwater noise, and the recent release of the Arctic Council Conservation Scorecard.

For more information about the underwater noise petition please go to: http://panda.org/noise

For more information about the 2019 Arctic Council Conservation Scorecard please go to: http://panda.org/acscorecard


For further information
Leanne Clare | Sr. Manager Communications, Arctic Programme | lclare@wwfcanada.org | +1-613-314-9210
Anne Brax | Communications Director, WWF-Finland | anne.brax@wwf.fi | +358 50 3671 888