WWF was the first global conservation organization to open an office in Greenland.
Living with polar bears
As climate change causes summer sea ice to dwindle in the Arctic, hungry polar bears increasingly come into conflict with local people.Read more
How we work
WWF is looking at the future management of the "Last Ice Area", the place where summer sea ice is projected to persist longest.
Since 2015, Greenland’s first polar bear patrol has worked through the polar bear migration season to keep the community of Ittoqqortoormiit safe. Each morning the polar team patrols the community on ATVs, using deterrence measures to frighten bears away. WWF also guides the community and government on improving polar bear safety.
In Greenland, WWF advocates for sustainable hunting quotas to ensure healthy fish and wildlife populations.
The Last Ice Area will be essential as an enduring home for ice-dependent life. WWF-Denmark has made a proposal to include the Greenland section of the Last Ice Area on the tentative list for UNESCO world heritage.
Increasing demand for Greenlandic resources means ship traffic is likely to grow significantly over the next few decades. WWF advises on the risks and engages communities and governments in discussions about best practices for shipping and marine spatial planning.
WWF works with Students on Ice to provide high school students a first hand experience of the effects of climate change in the Arctic.
As climate change reduces the size and duration of summer Arctic sea ice, scientific projections show it will last the longest above Canada and Greenland. This is the Last Ice Area.
As the Arctic's ice melts, the world is eyeing the shipping routes and natural resources of the Arctic Ocean.