“The first time I saw polar bears in the wild was in Churchill, Manitoba – and I saw 15 bears in the course of two hours. I cried I was so happy to see them. But our actions today are threatening the long-term survival of polar bears. So we have a responsibility to make sure their populations stays as big as can be.”
- Genie Bouchard, Canadian Tennis Pro and polar bear fan
The Canadian Arctic Ocean is incredibly biologically productive - from Lancaster Sound to the Beaufort Sea, species like polar bears, whales and birds thrive. These marine regions are essential for the health and economic sustainability of Inuit, who depend heavily on the region’s ecological richness for cultural and economic survival. WWF is working in support of Inuit organizations to secure a network of marine protection throughout the Canadian Arctic.
Ensuring the long-term diversity of both Lancaster Sound in the Eastern Arctic and Darnley Bay in the Beaufort Sea is a priority of WWF-Canada, Inuit, and now the new Canadian government. Protecting these regions will be an important first step to securing a healthy Arctic home for people and species.
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Your Support in Action
Over the past 5 years, Canadians like you, along with Coca-Cola and WWF-Canada, have raised funds to support vital conservation work in the Arctic – supporting scientific studies, international negotiations, and supporting communities.
• The long-term survival of polar bears is at risk from climate change. To ease the pressure, WWF supports measures to reduce conflict between people and bears, calling for habitat protections, and advocating for strong international action on climate. This year, the support of Coca-Cola, WWF and Canadians has helped lead to the first-ever global action plan to protect the polar bear.
• The Last Ice Area, a region between Canada and Greenland where summer sea ice is projected to remain the longest, has been designated as an Ecologically and Biologically Significant Area by the Arctic Council, thanks in part to WWF’s comprehensive research and strong alliances.
• WWF’s next goal is for Lancaster Sound to be designated as a National Marine Conservation Area.
With this impressive base of research and support, we are scaling up our efforts to protect important marine areas that protect habitats and species, which support sustainable development in communities. With your support we can build a healthy future for the Arctic.
With your support, WWF has already contributed enormously to the conservation of the Arctic home of people, polar bears, caribou, whales, and countless other species. But we urgently need to do more to tackle the growing threats to these iconic Canadian regions and species.
With your help, we can. Donate now and help us to turn research into results!