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
The frozen ocean: Oceans Day dispatch from the Arctic
In my visits to communities along the Beaufort Sea in Canada’s Western Arctic, I have heard many people describe the value that they receive for the ocean- both in its liquid and ice form. This blog will share what I have heard.The post The frozen ocean: Oceans Day dispatch from the Arctic appeared first on WWF Canada Blog.
Managing change in the Arctic for people and for nature
Working towards a common goal – an Arctic that can be used for generations to come – at the Last Ice Area Workshop.The post Managing change in the Arctic for people and for nature appeared first on WWF Canada Blog.
Working together for a better Arctic future
Experts and decision-makers of all kinds come together at the Last Ice Area Workshop in Iqaluit.The post Working together for a better Arctic future appeared first on WWF Canada Blog.