- Shores along Arctic communities are eroding, threatening entire coastal communities;
- Ice trails that northern peoples have followed for centuries are no longer as predictable or safe as they have been in the past;
- Arctic cultures have traditionally relied on the seasonal abundance of animals that live on and around the ice;
- Weather conditions are more unpredictable.
The Last Ice Area
One stretch of ice is projected to remain when all other large areas of summer ice are gone. This is the Last Ice Area.
Where is the Last Ice area?
This map shows the extent of summer sea ice projected for 2040, as viewed from the north pole. The prediction is for a fringe of ice to remain in Northeast Canada and Northern Greenland when all other large areas of summer ice are gone.
Ice on the move
Much of the oldest ice has already disappeared, and that which remains is found along the northern shores of Canada and Greenland - the Last Ice Area.
People and ice
Working with communitiesThe Last Ice Area may well require special management measures to maintain its importance to ice-dependent life. We're working with Inuit organizations, communities, and governments in Greenland and Canada to plan for the future of this region.
Sailing to SikuIn Summer 2012, scientists, reporters and WWF experts explored the Last Ice Area. Along the way, we conducted research and spoke with local communities to fill in the knowledge gaps about this remote area.
Wildlife and Ice
Habitat and ice
Addressing climate changeWe’re working to persuade people and governments of the urgent need for major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, so that the coming changes will remain manageable.
What WWF is doing
WWF is the only environmental NGO with offices around the Arctic.
The Global Arctic Programme coordinates WWF's arctic work.
How can I help?Share your thoughts
What are your ideas for the future of this region?