WWF/CCU Submission to the Arctic Shipping Best Practices Informatiom Forum.
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World Wildlife Fund
Circumpolar Conservation Union
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The Arctic is experiencing profound environmental changes, including a rapid decline in sea ice extent, thickness, and duration. Coupled with development pressures and other human uses, these changes have facilitated the increase of vessel traffic in Arctic waters, a trend that is expected to continue. Vessel traffic in remote and challenging Arctic waters poses substantial safety and environmental risks, including possible impacts on cultural practices and the food security of Arctic indigenous peoples. Key threats vessel traffic poses to Arctic people and the environment include the adverse impacts of underwater noise, oil spills, pollution and discharges, introduction of invasive species, air emissions, and disturbance of ice habitat. Maintaining the ecological integrity of this region while ensuring essential goods and development reach people in the north can be accomplished with the implementation of realistic regulations and best practices. WWF and CCU, as observers .....
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
Spatial CoverageArctic Ocean
CitationWorld Wildlife Fund and Circumpolar Conservation Union (2017) WWF/CCU Submission to the Arctic Shipping Best PracticeInformation Forum. Gland, Switzerland, WWF/CCU, 16pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-397
- Arctic Practices