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Together, we can give life in the Arctic a healthy future

Life in the Arctic is inextricably bound to the ice.

Polar bears live on Arctic sea ice - it provides a platform from which they can hunt, live and breed. Narwhals spend much of their lives under the sea ice, which provides them with protection from predators. Seals can spend their entire lives on the ice, finding food under and near the edge of the ice. And Northern communities have based their travel routes, their traditions and their way of life on the ice.
 
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As the climate warms and the ice melts, all of this is in jeopardy. But it’s not too late. Together we can secure a strong, resilient future for the Arctic and the complex web of life it supports.
 

Make a donation, make a difference

You have the power to drive change in the Arctic, by making a donation to fund WWF’s conservation work in the North. We are putting scientists in the field to gather knowledge and make an attainable plan for the future, so that life in the Arctic can continue to thrive – but to fund this work, we need your help.

Donate now to conserve life in the Arctic.

 
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Ice-Dependent Species

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Many Arctic species make their homes on and around the sea ice, and are unlikely to adapt to the rapid melting caused by climate change. Learn more about species like polar bears and narwhal today.
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Melting Ice

Arctic sea ice is melting at an unprecedented rate. Learn more about why this ice is so important.

The Last Ice Area: a key to Arctic conservation

We’ve identified a resilient stretch of ice that is projected to remain when all other large areas of summer sea ice are gone. We’re calling it the Last Ice Area, and it’s part of our solution for conserving life in the Arctic. This is a place where we have the chance to get it right by planning for a healthy Arctic future. It’s an opportunity to make sure that Arctic ecosystems are valued by communities and businesses in the North and around the world, that this resilient region will support people and wildlife for generations to come. With your support, we are making sure this opportunity isn’t lost.

Learn more about the Last Ice Area.

Your donations in action

For the past three years, your donations have allowed us to do ground-breaking work in the Last Ice Area, resulting in significant progress towards our goal of a resilient Arctic, capable of sustaining all forms of life – from polar bears to people. Here are just a few of the priority projects your support made possible:
 

Polar bear population survey

There are an estimated 25,000 polar bears in the wild, but current, accurate numbers were needed for a many subpopulations. Arctic Home funds allowed WWF to contribute to survey efforts in and near the Last Ice Area – including the Kane Basin and Baffin Bay subpopulations. While there was a lot of uncertainty about the size and health of these polar bear populations, this research helped confirm that both are still in decline. Learn more about polar bears.

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Polar bear denning project

WWF and the Polar Bear Conservation Centre are compiling traditional knowledge collected from northern communities and scientific knowledge to create a map of all known polar bear denning areas in Nunavut. That helps us understand and protect these areas and the bears that depend on them.


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Modeling future ice conditions and sea-ice habitat

WWF and ice researchers at McGill University have created more accurate and detailed ice conditions models. These are now being put to use to develop initial projections for how polar bears and whales might respond to changing ice conditions in the decades to come. This information will help us better demonstrate the importance of the Last Ice Area as the most resilient patch of sea ice in the Arctic.