Any increase in development activity will have an impact on the environment. As the conditions are harsh and the support infrastructure is relatively scarce in Arctic waters, avoiding accidents and spills is critical. Regularly updated measures using the best information and technology are needed to avoid or minimize the effects of disruption of wildlife and release of pollutants including greenhouse gases.
The question is how Arctic shipping will be undertaken – the measures, precautions, regulations, and best practices that will address these concerns and maximize the benefits of development for northern peoples who rely on healthy Arctic ecosystems.
WWF is working to better understand potential environmental and social impacts of shipping on the Arctic environment and communities. We are engaging the shipping industry in discussions at the International Maritime Organization to create a Polar Code for Arctic Shipping. At the same time, we are supporting an ongoing dialogue about best practices in Arctic shipping to benefit northern communities while protecting the fragile Arctic environment.
Arctic Blog Posts
Over 42,000 voices for polar bears!
When we asked WWF supporters to thank Arctic countries for their work to conserve polar bears, the message quickly spread to all corners of the earth.The post Over 42,000 voices for polar bears! appeared first on WWF Canada Blog.
Polar Bears: It’s all about conserving energy
Visiting polar bears in Churchill is a great reminder: we must be better neighbours to wildlife and citizens of the planet The post Polar Bears: It’s all about conserving energy appeared first on WWF Canada Blog.
Offshore Arctic drilling? Not so fast!
A coalition of oil companies wants to drill in the deep waters of Canada’s Beaufort Sea, but regulators are putting safety first The post Offshore Arctic drilling? Not so fast! appeared first on WWF Canada Blog.