New approaches to Arctic conservation in times of accelerating climate change

Gert Polet, WWF

The Arctic is still one the world’s largest, most valuable and pristine natural regions. It is also a key region for the global supply of natural resources, in particular fossil fuels and fisheries, and it is home to diversity of human cultures with a long history in these northern areas. Above all else, the Arctic is one of the most important areas for keeping the Earth’s climate system stable, an attribute we must maintain at all costs.

The Arctic is at a critical threshold: unprecedented rates of change have led to an uncertain future of global significance. If we cannot keep the Arctic cold enough, the stability of the entire global climate and ocean circulation system could be endangered with dramatic consequences for biodiversity, and the ecological and economic foundation of humankind.

This presentation discusses the global importance of the Arctic and issues related to natural resource uses, international governance and nature conservation. It will also highlight the viewpoints of the WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature on these issues.

Willem Barentsz Poolinstituut

Bundeling van kennis, onderzoek en onderwijs over de Noord- en de Zuidpool

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