WWF and Arctic environmentalism

Conservationism and the ENGO in the Circumpolar North

By Danita Catherine Burke

WWF and Arctic environmentalism


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5382-1
  • Pages: 184
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: November 2022
  • BIC Category: Arctic Regions, Social Policy, Politics, The environment, NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection, POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations), POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy, Conservation Of Wildlife & Habitats, Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning / The environment, Society & social sciences / Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)


Based on interviews with WWF representatives and other experts, this book explores WWF's approach to engagement in the Circumpolar North. It argues that the foundation of WWF's success in circumpolar engagement is based on four inter-related pillars: legacy, networks, scientific research and communication style. The book argues that WWF has made remarkable strides to distinguish itself in Arctic and northern engagement through its Global Arctic Programme and national organisations and associated offices in the Arctic states. However, WWF's work and successes are illustrative of the need for environmental and animal rights organisations to adopt a long-term strategy that show commitment to helping in the Arctic and North which factor in the needs and desires of northerners if they want their work to resonate and be welcomed by key northern audiences.


1 NGOs in the North: concerns, challenges and audiences
2 Legacy: the burdens and benefits of the WWF brand
3 Networks: roots for success or reputational liability
4 Leading with science: WWF and scientific engagement
5 Getting your point across: the WWF communication style
6 Perceptions of the WWF in the Arctic


Danita Catherine Burke is a Fellow of the JR Smallwood Foundation at the Center for War Studies and Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark

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