High Arctic marine protected area would safeguard more of the Last Ice Area
Both Tuvaijuittuq and Tallurutiup Imanga are located within the Last Ice Area, that area where summer sea ice will persist the longest in the face of climate change, providing refuge for ice-dependent species.
Paul Crowley, vice president of Arctic Conservation for WWF-Canada, says:
“WWF has been concerned about conservation in the Last Ice Area for years, since it will be the last refuge for ice-dependent species in the Arctic as the climate changes. Conservation measures for both Tallurutiup Imanga and the High Arctic Basin, and the corresponding investment in the conservation economy, will make this area more resilient for communities and wildlife as the world warms. Working on these resilience pieces now is essential, but we can’t focus on this alone. We still need an immediate, massive effort to drive down greenhouse gas emissions in the next 12 years.”
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