WWF Arctic contacts

Based in Ottawa, Canada, the Global Arctic Programme coordinates WWF's Arctic work in offices around the world.
WWF Global Arctic Programme
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Phone: +1 613 232 2535

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

General media inquiries
Clive Tesar, Head of Communications & External Relations
Email: ctesar@wwfcanada.org
Mobile: +1 613 314 9210
Phone: +1 613 232 2535

Specific issues
Contact one of our experts.

Local issues
Contact your national branch of WWF.

WWF offices working in the Arctic

Canada

WWF-Canada website

WWF’s earliest recorded Arctic work was in Canada in 1972. Since that time, WWF has maintained a regular presence in the north. Because many of the projects are conducted in the traditional areas of Indigenous peoples, special efforts are made to identify areas of common ground and to work together. An example of such a project is the establishment of a Bowhead whale sanctuary off Baffin Island, a proposal originated by a local Inuit community.

Priorities:

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Denmark/Greenland

WWF-Denmark website

The world’s largest island and home to the second largest ice body of the world, the Greenland Ice Sheet. Although 80% of Greenland is covered by ice, the coastal regions, deep fjords and marine ecosystems of Greenland have a rich biodiversity.


Greenlanders call their country Kalaallit Nunaat – land of the people.

Since 1979 Greenland has been an autonomous Danish dependent territory. In 2009 the Greenland Self-Government Act established that the people of Greenland is recognized as a people pursuant to international law with the right to self determination. Greenlandic is now established as the official language of Greenland.

The Greenland Parliament and Government – Inatsisartut and Naalakkersuisut – are responsible for almost all aspects of governance in Greenland, including conservation of nature and protection of the environment, protection and harvest of wildlife, fisheries and mineral and hydrocarbon resources development. The Kingdom of Denmark, however, is responsible for foreign affairs and defense. Research institutions and agencies work closely together in fields of shared interest, like research on climate change and marine environment protection.

Prioities
  • Consulting with decision makers, researchers and local representatives on research and future management of the Last Ice Area – an area north of Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago, where summer sea ice will remain resilient
  • Addressing the resilience of terrestrial and marine ecosystems in the light of climate change.
  • Dialogue with stakeholders on sustainable fisheries
  • Biological research and traditional knowledge on wildlife and climate change
  • Stakeholder involvement and consultation processes for new industries in Greenland.

 

Contact

  • Mette Frost

    Grønlandsmedarbejder / Greenland Policy Officer

    WWF Denmark,
    Copenhagen

    +45 35 24 78 47

  • Eva Garde

    Arktisk biolog, Ph.d./Arctic biologist, PhD (barsel/maternity leave)

    WWF Denmark,
    Copenhagen

    +45 3524 7857

  • John Nordbo

    Klima- og miljøchef, Leder af miljøfaglig afdeling / Head of Conservation

    WWF Denmark,
    Copenhagen

    +45 35 24 78 53

Finland

WWF-Finland website

It was on the initiative of Finland that the eight arctic countries launched the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy in 1991 in Rovaniemi. This later became the Arctic Council.

Priorities
  • Projects designed to save boreal forests and endangered species such as the Lesser White-fronted goose.

Contact

  • Jari Luukkonen

    Conservation Director

    WWF Finland,
    Helsinki

    +358 9 77401045

Norway

WWF-Norway website

There is no place closer to the North Pole where so many visitors have their first experience with exciting, unspoiled, arctic nature than Svalbard, Norway. This unique high Arctic archipelago is an area that will be considerably challenged by a changing climate.

Priorities:
  • opposing the expansion of coal-mining on Svalbard
  • Arctic shipping
  • fisheries management
  • governance
  • offshore oil and gas development in the Norwegian Arctic

Contact

  • Nils Harley Boisen

    Advisor, Arctic and Northern Areas

    WWF Norway,
    Oslo

    +47 98 08 21 01

Netherlands

WWF-Netherlands website

Priorities
  • Assessing the future of the Last Ice Area
  • Bear-human conflict management

Contact

  • Femke Koopmans

    Avisor Ecological networks & Species

    WWF Netherlands,
    Zeist

    +31 30 693 7856

  • Gert Polet

    Manager International Projects

    WWF Netherlands,
    Zeist

    +31 30 6937856

Russia

WWF-Russia website

WWF has taken an active part in setting up more than 30 protected areas in the Russian Arctic. The total reserve area is over 35 million hectares, which equals the area of Finland.

Priorities
  • Conservation of polar bear and Atlantic walrus
  • Adoption of an ecosystem-based approach in marine resources exploitation
  • Environmental legislation improvement and enforcement
  • Ensuring elimination of threats from hydrocarbon extraction development; implementation of a plan to conserve biological and landscape biodiversity in the Arctic (Econet)
  • Improving the sustainability of fisheries, including certification for Russia’s fishing industry in accordance to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards
Two regional offices in Murmansk and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky as well as the headquarters in Moscow implement the WWF Russia Conservation Strategy and Global Arctic Programme priorities in the Russian Arctic.

Contact

  • Victoria Elias

    Programme Director WWF Russia

    WWF Russia,
    Moscow Main

    +7 495 727 09 39

Sweden

WWF-Sweden website

Sweden has the largest wild areas, and the most abundant populations of large carnivores such as bears, lynx and wolverine, remaining in northern Scandinavia.

Priorities:

  • Focused programs preserving western Europe's last wild rivers
  • A joint project with the Saami people on to explore ways of reducing future cumulative impacts of different pressures (including mining, wind power, forestry, tourism and large carnivores) on reindeer herding in Sweden

Contact

  • Tom Arnbom

    Senior conservation officer

    WWF Sweden

    +46 8 6247439

United Kingdom

WWF-UK website

WWF-UK is currently focusing on:
  • the Barents Sea in the Norwegian and Russian Arctic, one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world;
  • Limiting the impacts of climate change.

Contact

  • Rod Downie

    UK Polar Policy and Programme Officer

    WWF United Kingdom,
    Woking

United States

WWF-US website

The WWF-US Arctic Program is headquartered in Alaska.

Priorities
  • In the Bristol Bay, known as “America’s fish basket,” WWF works to minimize the threats to the region’s fisheries.
  • In the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, home to critical polar bear and walrus habitat, WWF is focused now on preventing irresponsible drilling for oil and gas.
  • In Russia, the Kamchatka Peninsula’s river systems host the greatest diversity and concentration of salmon on Earth. Here, WWF is taking steps to reduce Illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing.
The US office is also providing support to local people who are working on reducing the conflicts between people and animals such as polar bears.

Contact

  • Margaret Williams

    Managing Director for the WWF-US Arctic Program

    WWF United States,
    Washington DC

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