Keep it cold, Save the Arctic !
The Arctic region has some of the largest unfragmented areas of wilderness in the world. Most of the boreal forests in northern Canada and the tundra plains of Siberia exist much as they did thousands of years ago. However with the ongoing search for minerals, oil and gas, the Arctic is now becoming the target of large resource extraction projects. Without a sufficient network of protected areas in place, important ecosystems could be lost.
Climate change in the Arctic is expected to be among the greatest of any region on Earth. The Arctic is warming. Air temperatures in the region have on average increased by about 5°C over the last 100 years. A slight shift in temperature, bringing averages above the freezing point, will completely alter the character of the Arctic. Where once ice covered the seas and permafrost stabilized the ground, open water and large tracts of marshy tundra will dominate. The consequences for northern people and all Arctic species will be severe.
The WWF Arctic Programme is working to ensure the survival of this unique and very important region of our planet.
Dog sled tourism in Svalbard and Jan Mayen islands.
Used by indigenous people for thousands of years, dog-sledding has remained a popular activity in the Arctic. Many northern tour operators offer dog-sledding as a sustainable way of experiencing the northern wilderness. WWF supports environmentally responsible tourism in the North and actively seeks ways to link tourism and conservation.