The WWF Global Arctic Programme (GAP) launched in 1992 and has since been working across national borders to conserve the Arctic region and its biodiversity. Our work helps support healthy viable populations of wildlife, and also benefits the well-being of people in the Arctic. What happens in the Arctic has impacts far beyond the region, so our work also has implications across the globe.
WWF GAP is supported by nine WWF Arctic national offices (Canada, Finland, Greenland (Denmark), Norway, Sweden, United States) as well as WWF offices Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. It is one of the few organizations working across the region at the pan-Arctic scale. For instance, the Programme:
- Works to protect key Arctic marine, coastal, and terrestrial habitats and the species that depend on these areas.
- Advocates for climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as building resilience in the Arctic.
- Promotes sustainable energy, shipping and economic development.
- Presses to fill gaps in Arctic governance and strengthen existing institutions, including acting as observers on the Arctic Council and the for Central Arctic Ocean Fisheries Agreement.
GAP has a multidisciplinary team with expertise in conservation, wildlife, biology, ecology, forestry, governance, sustainable development, Indigenous rights, marketing and management. Our diverse expertise allows us to tackle the complex challenges that the Arctic faces as climate change reshapes the region, development becomes more prominent, and the political landscape shifts.
Our team is made up of a Director, programme management, experts (Conservation/Ecosystem, Species, Governance, Sustainable Development), and communications specialists all at different points in their careers.