What WWF is doing on the ground in Antarctica to protect against climate change:
WWF International's new Climate Change and Antarctic Focal Project is turning the spotlight on to the highly visable impacts of climate change down at the bottom of the world.
Current work consists of researching and developing high-profile report on the plight of penguins
- a charismatic species akin to the polar bear in the Arctic. WWF will also be attending the Antarctic Treaty Convention Meeting in May to monitoring the climate change discussions which have started being tabled by many Treaty States.
The Antarctic Focal Project will continue for the next three years and will produce two scientific reports on climate change impacts in Antarctica (marine and terrestrial), additional outreach communication tools (using the successful WWF Climate Witness model) and in conjunction with the Marine and Species team's Antarctic and Southern Oceans Initiative (ASOI) develop a international event on the Antarctic.
This Focal Project aims to kick start adaptation/ resilience strategies in the region. The Focal Project also works closely with ASOI on key areas of synergy around adaptation requirements in marine protected areas and the climate change impacts on krill, other marine species.
Combined, these products will provide the WWF network with effective and compelling communications tools to rapidly reduce greenhouse emissions, akin to the successful WWF Arctic Focal Project