2017 WWF Arctic Council Conservation Scorecard


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2017 edition

For more than 20 years, the Arctic states, through the Arctic Council (AC), have pursued conservation efforts to safeguard the Arctic environment.

The WWF Arctic Council Conservation Scorecard is the first-ever assessment of national and joint implementation of Arctic Council commitments related to biodiversity and conservation.

Assessment Subject Areas


CountryConservation AreasBiodiversityShippingOil Spill CooperationBlack Carbon and AdaptationEcosystem - Based Management
Canada 3 C 4 D 3 C 2 B 1 A 3 C
Kingdom of Denmark 2 B 4 D 3 C 1 A 2 B 4 D
Finland 2 B 3 C 3 C 1 A 1 A 2 B
Iceland 4 D 4 D 4 D 1 A 3 C 4 D
Norway 2 B 4 D 4 D 1 A 2 B 2 B
Russia 3 C 3 C 4 D 1 A 1 A 4 D
Sweden 4 D 3 C 3 C 2 B 1 A 3 C
United States 2 B 3 C 4 D 1 A 2 B 4 D
Arctic Council 1 A 4 D 1 A 2 B 1 A 4 D

What are the possible scores?

Scores are aggregated for each assessment subject area.

Greater than 80% of the maximum score

60-80% of the maximum score

40-60% of the maximum score

Less than 40% of the maximum score

What does it measure?

WWF has developed the scorecard to evaluate implementation progress of select Arctic Council direction relevant to conservation. The scorecard looks at the extent to which:

  1. The Arctic states implemented endorsed Arctic Council direction within their respective national realms, and
  2. The Arctic Council delivered agreed upon commitments through its own work.


How do we measure progress?

WWF established indicators to capture the implementation performance of the individual countries and the Council. The indicators assess Council direction that was measurable, relevant to conservation, and specific in terms of action and accountability.

The indicators are analyzed, resulting in scores from A to D for each member state and for the Council. Taking all measures flowing from Council direction would result in a maximum score.