WWF is working to protect Norway's Arctic gems.
Norway to choose profit over the planet in Marginal Ice Zone decision
Updated, June 18, 2020, OSLO, NORWAY - A majority of Norway’s parliament is expected to vote against scientific advice next week in a decision that will reject greater protection of one of the world’s most important biological hotspots. Instead, Norway’s politicians have chosen to support the oil and gas lobby and allow for continued exploration in the Barents Sea.Read more
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WWF is working in Norway to make areas such as Lofoten permanently off limits to oil drilling, because of the natural values of the region, and the economic value of the local fishery.
In the 19th century, Arctic foxes were a common sight in Norway and Sweden, but they were nearly exterminated by overhunting. WWF-Sweden is supporting work to grow and stabilize the Swedish Arctic fox population.
Svalbard is a hotspot for polar bear tourism - and conflict. The local government is working with organizations like WWF, scientists and the tourist sector to find the best methods for managing conflict.
WWF has mapped the enormous potential reach of an oil spill in the Barents Sea.
WWF is supporting Norwegian scientists on Svalbard who are researching the local polar bear population.
WWF supports the work of the Norwegian Polar Institute, which is tracking rare bowhead whales near Svalbard.
With its relatively warm ocean currents and high biodiversity, the Barents is one of Europe’s last large, clean and relatively undisturbed marine ecosystems.
Here on the Barents Sea, polar bears are experiencing the fastest loss of sea ice recorded throughout the Arctic.