WWF Arctic Council Conservation Scorecard

Arctic Council

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A Conservation Areas

Pressure on the Arctic’s ecosystems is rapidly growing. Industrial fishing, the disruption of habitats, marine shipping, oil and gas development, and mining all have negative impacts on Arctic biodiversity. Furthermore, climate change represents the most serious threat to Arctic biodiversity and exacerbates all other threats.

  • Management of Biologically, Ecologically, and Culturally Important Areas
  • 1/1
  • Overall Rating
  • 1/1

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D Biodiversity

Biodiversity conservation in the Arctic is a major challenge, given ecosystems are in climate-driven (and increasingly, development-driven) flux and typically have simple food web structures. The magnitude and speed of change, along with growing threats, challenges the ability of Arctic biodiversity to provide ecosystem services to Arctic peoples.

  • Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA)
  • 1/1
  • Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Implementation Plan
  • 1/1
  • Mainstreaming Biodiversity
  • 0/1
  • Common Measures for Reducing Threat of Invasive Species
  • 0/1
  • Pan-Arctic Conservation and Management Plans for Shared Species
  • 0/1
  • 2.6 Biodiversity Research and Monitoring
  • 0/1
  • Total Score
  • 2/6

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A Shipping

Arctic shipping – both destinational and transit – has increased significantly during the past decade. This trend is projected to continue due to increased demand for resources and shortened routes as Arctic shipping lanes become free of ice for longer periods. Both factors increase the risk of major environmental impacts.

  • Completion of the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment
  • 2/2
  • Implementing AMSA Policy Recommendations
  • 10/10
  • Total Score
  • 12/12

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B Oil Spill Cooperation

Oil spills from both shipping and oil and gas development represent significant threats to ecosystem health.

  • Completion of the Oil and Gas Assessment
  • 1/1
  • Completion of the Revised Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines 2009
  • 1/1
  • Completion of Behaviour of oil and other Hazardous Substances in Arctic waters (BoHaSA)
  • 1/1
  • Major Preparedness and Response Deliverables
  • 2/2
  • Oil Spill Prevention Cooperation
  • 2/4
  • Total Score
  • 7/9

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A Black Carbon and Adaptation

Climate change is the single most important driver of change in the Arctic.

  • Climate Monitoring and Observation
  • 2/2
  • Coordination on Black Carbon and Methane Emissions Reduction
  • 3/3
  • Total Score
  • 5/5

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D Ecosystem - Based Management

Ecosystem-based management (EBM) is an effective, coordinated and coherent way of managing ecosystems and their services in changing conditions.

  • Completion of AC EBM Expert Group Report
  • 1/1
  • Developing an Arctic EBM goal
  • 0/2
  • Updating Observed Best Practices in Ecosystem-based Ocean Management in the Arctic
  • 0/1
  • Total Score
  • 1/4

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