Arctic Oil and Gas
The Arctic could hold some of the world's largest remaining untapped oil and gas reserves. Sustainability must be prioritized over exploitation in the Arctic because the implications are global.
Protecting the Arctic ecosystem as new ocean, blue economy emerge
Sustainability is the key to getting it right from the beginning.Read more
Why it matters
Significant oil reserves lie offshore, in the Arctic's shallow and biologically productive shelf seas.
Oil spills from blowouts, pipeline leaks or shipping accidents pose a tremendous risk to Arctic ecosystems. Marine ecosystems are particularly vulnerable.
How we work
WWF works with communities throughout the Arctic to help them deal with the effects of climate change, support research, and bring northern stories to a global audience.
Millenia of evolution have prepared Arctic species like the polar bear, walrus and narwhal for life on and around the sea ice. Now their habitat is radically shifting in a matter of decades.