Key Findings 5

Changes in Arctic biodiversity are creating both challenges and opportunities for Arctic peoples.


Declines in Arctic biodiversity may affect the availability of traditional foods. Coupled with decreasing access to freshwater and the unpredictability of winter ice, sustaining traditional ways of life may become more difficult. On the other hand, range extensions of southern species, shifting habitats, changes in resource use, among other factors, may provide opportunities to harvest new species.