How we work
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Arctic wildlife

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.

Why it matters

Because of climate change, ice cover is changing rapidly, in both extent and thickness, and shrinking far too quickly for these species to adapt.

Our work focuses on species that symbolise the health of ecosystems, are especially important for Arctic peoples, and face a high level of threat.

Our solutions

How we work

Publications

The Circle 04.18
The Circle 04.18
1 October 2018
Canada’s Arctic Marine Atlas
Canada’s Arctic Marine Atlas
17 September 2018
The Circle 03.18
The Circle 03.18
17 July 2018
Circumpolar Conservation of Walruses
Circumpolar Conservation of Walruses
4 May 2018
The Circle 03.17
The Circle 03.17
1 February 2018
Polar Bear CAP Scorecard
Polar Bear CAP Scorecard
30 January 2018

Meet the team

Tom Arnbom

Tom Arnbom

WWF-Sweden

Senior Advisor, Arctic and marine

Nils Harley Boisen

Nils Harley Boisen

WWF-Norway

Advisor, Arctic and Northern Areas

Rod Downie

Rod Downie

WWF

Chief Advisor, Polar Regions, WWF-UK

Kaare Winther Hansen

Kaare Winther Hansen

WWF-Denmark

Project Coordinator

Femke Hilderink

Femke Hilderink

WWF

Advisor, Nature Conservation – WWF Netherlands

Elisabeth Kruger

Elisabeth Kruger

WWF-US

Senior Program Officer, Arctic Wildlife

Brandon Laforest

Brandon Laforest

WWF-Canada

Senior specialist, Arctic species & ecosystems

Melanie Lancaster

Melanie Lancaster

WWF Arctic Coordinating Team

Senior Specialist, Arctic species

Gert Polet

Gert Polet

WWF

Unit Head, Forests & Wildlife – WWF-Netherlands

Mikhail Stishov

Mikhail Stishov

WWF-Russia

Coordinator, Arctic Biodiversity Conservation Projects

Sybille Klenzendorf

Sybille Klenzendorf

WWF-US

Managing Director, Species Conservation Program

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Polar bear

Majestic creature of the far north, the polar bear is the world's largest terrestrial carnivore. Its Latin name, Ursus maritimus, means 'sea bear': an apt name for this amazing species which spends much of its life in, around, or on the water - predominantly on the sea ice.

Walrus

The walrus is easily recognised by its sheer size and magnificent tusks. It is a keystone species in Arctic marine ecosystems. The walrus was once threatened by commercial hunting, but today the biggest danger it faces is climate change.