ArcNet is a network of priority areas for marine conservation that spans the entire Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas. Conserving these ecosystems strengthens the resilience of Arctic biodiversity in the face of a rapidly changing climate. Learn what role we all can play in protecting the arctic in this brochure.
WWF has developed ArcNet—a network of priority areas for marine conservation—across the entire Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas. The network is based on comprehensive, rigorous scientific analysis and best-available data. ArcNet reflects the web of marine life and ecological functions across a connected ocean that underpins the diverse values of people in the region and beyond.
WWF’s report In Too Deep: What We Know and Don’t Know About Deep Seabed Mining takes the reader through the main arguments for why we do not need to mine the deep ocean for minerals, and sets out the threats and risks to the ocean and to the shift to the closed-loop economy if the industry goes ahead.
This case study, focused on the Russian King Crab fishery and brought forward through a collaboration between WWF and Orca Bay Foods, LLC, demonstrates that the application of some basic tools can substantially reduce the risk of “IUU infection” even in a relatively complex and multinational supply chain.
The dramatic decline of the summer sea ice and increasing industrialization in the Arctic threaten to significantly impact such important marine areas. In this updated report on the Bering Strait, WWF experts present several measures that will help ensure safe and environmentally sound shipping in the region by addressing increasing threats of growing vessel traffic.
This report provides an evaluation of the status of electronic collection and reporting of key fisheries and product information in major fishing nations and regions. Electronic fisheries information systems (EFIS) that allow for the accurate and verifiable collection of fisheries data—and the sharing and tracing of that data from harvest through the value chain to final point of sale—are slowly developing in regional, national, and global systems, in both developed and developing countries, and national and international fisheries.
There are over 400 known endangered marine species linked to human seafood consumption. As part of its continuous efforts to mitigate the effects of the global food system, WWF has developed a user-friendly and practical guide identifying the main at-risk aquatic creatures found in seafood supply chains. This resource aims at assisting companies, buyers, chefs, and consumers at large in making informed decisions while sourcing seafood. The Seafood Guide on Endangered Species was developed by WWF US in collaboration with marine experts across the global WWF Network.
The 2019 Arctic Council Conservation Scorecard examines the concrete actions Arctic states are taking to fulfill their responsibilities as the primary stewards of the region. The success or failure of the Arctic Council depends upon each nation state’s ability to effectively implement the Council’s recommendations at home. WWF has produced this second Scorecard to shed light on the Council’s ability to deliver good governance, greater environmental protection and sustainable development in the Arctic.
The Living Planet Report documents the state of the planet—including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand for natural resources—and what it means for humans and wildlife. Published by WWF every two years, the report brings together a variety of research to provide a comprehensive view of the health of the Earth.
The extent to which Belize’s economy depends on tourism generated by the threatened Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site has been revealed for the first time today by a new report launched by WWF and partner organizations. The report, Natural Heritage, Natural Wealth, aims to highlight the incredible resource the country is at risk of losing.
A report form WWF Germany warns the world must do more to sustainably manage fishing if we’re to address increasing global demand for protein in the coming decades. If the situation doesn’t improve, millions of people may no longer be able to afford fish by 2050, particularly those in developing coastal countries.
The Living Planet Report, produced every two years by WWF, is a comprehensive study of trends in global biodiversity and the health of the planet. By providing an overview of the state of the natural world, human impacts and potential solutions, it aims to support governments, communities, businesses and organizations to make informed decisions on using and protecting the planet’s resources.
Offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic is a disastrous idea. It would lead to the release of millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere at a time when we should be cutting emissions. There’s also the near-certain risk of spills. This infographic lays out the detailed case for keeping the oil under the sea.
Climate change is already changing the Arctic, and current carbon reduction commitments will not be enough to stop this transformation cold. Instead, world leaders must focus on helping the region adapt and accelerate a reduction in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This paper summarizes the outcomes of this workshop and highlights how world leaders can move forward.
WWF’S Rapid Assessment of Circus-Arctic Ecosystem Resilience (RACER) presents a new tool for identifying and mapping places of conservation importance throughout the Arctic. This introductory handbook is intended as a general roadmap to the RACER method. It describes the approach and its use of the best available data to create maps of arctic key features as targets for future conservation efforts.
WWF's Living Blue Planet Report takes a deep look at the health of our oceans and the impact of human activity on marine life. Data on marine ecosystems and human impacts upon them is limited, reflecting the lack of attention the ocean has received to date. Nevertheless, the trends shown here present a compelling case for action to restore our ocean to health.
A new WWF commissioned analysis shows there is a strong economic case for protecting ocean assets through expanding Marine Protected Areas globally. The report finds that increased protection of critical habitats could result in net benefits of between US $490 billion and US $920 billion accruing over the period 2015-2050.
Reviving the Oceans Economy: The Case for Action—2015 brings into focus the economic value our oceans represent for this planet, as the future of humanity depends on their healthy living conditions. While figures in the report are a vast underestimation, the economic assets at risk accurately portray the losses we will incur should we continue on the current destructive trajectory.
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