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About the WWF Arctic Programme

Based in Ottawa, Canada, the WWF Arctic Programme coordinates WWF's Arctic work in 7 offices around the world.
We have had a programme focused on the circumpolar world since 1992. We have an office in every Arctic Council country except Iceland. Our international office, headquartered in Canada and with a an office in Oslo, coordinates our Arctic work.

We are the only circumpolar Environmental NGO present at the Arctic Council, where we hold observer status. We have recently scaled up our work in the Arctic, in recognition of the region’s importance internationally.

 

Media Inquiries

Contact us when you want expert but media-friendly comment on circumpolar aspects of the Arctic environment, and Arctic policy.

General media inquiries
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Specific issues
Contact one of our experts, below.

Local issues
Contact your national branch of WWF.
 
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Dr Martin Sommerkorn, Senior Climate Change Advisor, WWF International Arctic Programme
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Dr. Martin Sommerkorn

Head of Conservation

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Phone: +47 22 20 53 09
Languages: English, German

Martin is Head of Conservation of the WWF Arctic Programme where he leads and coordinates work on resilience approaches to nature conservation and resource management. Martin had a first career as an Arctic ecosystem scientist and is the author of about thirty publications in leading international journals. As researcher and teacher at academic institutions in Europe and North America and working in Siberia, Alaska, Greenland, Svalbard and Scandinavia, he has first-hand experience of the Arctic’s unique places, peoples, and concerns.

Martin engages with policy-shaping initiatives of the Arctic Council through contributing to scientific assessments, working groups and expert initiatives. His work underscores the role of nature for social-ecological resilience, healthy economic futures, and the capacity to adapt to change.

Areas of expertise

  • Arctic climate change
  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Ecological and social- ecological resilience
  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Protected area networks
  • Ecosystem services
 
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Melanie Lancaster, Senior Specialist, Arctic Species
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Dr. Melanie Lancaster

Senior Specialist, Arctic species

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Melanie is a conservation biologist with expertise in program management and research into and management of the multitude of threats facing species and their habitats. Most recently, her work has focused on some of Australia’s most endangered species. She has a Science degree with a PhD in conservation biology and genetics of Antarctic fur seals.  

Melanie works with the WWF national offices to coordinate and implement conservation strategies for WWF’s priority Arctic species – polar bears, walruses, beluga and bowhead whales, narwhals and caribou/reindeer.
 

 
 
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Simon Walmsley
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Dr. Simon Walmsley

Senior Specialist, Arctic Sustainable Development


Simon brings decades of expertise in marine ecology to WWF's Arctic work. Prior to joining the WWF Arctic Programme, Simon earned his PhD at Hull University in Marine Biomonitoring and Ecotoxicology, looking at biomonitoring tools such as indicator species and the genetics of pollutant-tolerant marine populations. He later worked with the British Antarctic Survey and at the Institute of Coastal and Estuarine Studies before joining WWF-UK in 1999.

After a decade with the UK marine programme and a secondment to the UK government,  Simon moved to WWF International as Marine Manager, where he advised the WWF network on extractive industries and shipping.

Currently, he is the WWF Head of delegation at the International Maritime Organisation, the International Sea Bed Authority and a member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative steering group. 
 
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Leanne Clare
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Leanne Clare

Senior Manager, Communications

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Leanne has extensive experience working with nonprofits, media, government and universities in a variety of capacities. Before joining WWF, Leanne was a Research Associate at Carleton University’s Centre for Community Innovation leading a project examining ways nonprofits can more effectively use online/digital communications to increase audience engagement and civic participation.  During that time, Leanne became one of the first graduates from Carleton’s Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program.
Leanne also worked at the David Suzuki Foundation as a senior communications and public engagement specialist providing strategic communications and advocacy advice to senior management and program staff.  While there, Leanne led the Foundation’s first youth program, Connecting with Nature.

Leanne spent seven years working as a journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio reporting on a wide variety of issues, and producing local and national programs. She began her working life as an international policy advisor for both the Alberta government and the University of Alberta. 

Leanne has a Masters of Arts in Journalism from Western University and an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta.  She grew up on Edmonton Alberta, although she has also lived in the Yukon, Nepal and the Netherlands.  Leanne now calls Ottawa home with her two busy boys and wonderful partner. 
 
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Monique Newton
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Monique Newton

Senior Manager

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Monique is the Senior Manager for the WWF Arctic Programme, based in Ottawa. She joined the Arctic team after three years with WWF-Canada in Toronto. Prior to joining WWF, Monique helped design and then managed a national funding programme that addressed capacity and resource issues in Canada's nonprofit sector. During her decade of work in the nonprofit sector, Monique has often worked on accountability issues related to funding nonprofit organisations. Her BA is in Cultural Anthropology and African Studies and she has an MA in Policy Studies and Public Administration.

WWF offices working in the Arctic

WWF-Canada (Iqaluit, Ottawa, Toronto)

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WWF-Denmark (Nuuk, Copenhagen)

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WWF-Finland (Helsinki)

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WWF-Netherlands (Zeist)

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WWF-Norway (Oslo)

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WWF-Russia (Murmansk, Kamchatka, Arkhangelsk, Moscow)

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WWF-Sweden (Stockholm)

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WWF-United Kingdom (Woking)

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WWF-United States (Anchorage, Washington, DC)

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