16.02.2010 - 17:15

The Arctic Fox as flagship of the north

Arctic fox curled up to keep warm in the cold winter. Photo: Böðvar Þórisson
Arctic fox curled up to keep warm in the cold winter. Photo: Böðvar Þórisson
After The Copenhagen meeting (December 2009) on climate change, The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) made a list of 10 species which all highlight the way climate change is adversely affecting marine, terrestrial and freshwater habitats. One of these species, that have been termed flaghsips, is the Arctic Fox. According to the IUCN review, the Arctic Fox is among the species destined to be hardest hit by climate change.

Changes in the ecology of those flagship species indicate changes in their ecosystem. Monitoring is based on thorough long -time research and present knowledge.

Based on the review the arctic fox will suffer from habitat loss while forests take over the arctic tundra, competition with red foxes and changes in prey abundance - all in combination with other threats for the species.

You can see the full report on the IUCN web page
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