The ecosystems of the Arctic, particularly in the Arctic Ocean, transcend political boundaries. Ecosystems and migration patterns cross international borders, making collaboration among Arctic states essential for management and governance. The need to work together is intensified by the sparse population and limited resources of the region.
WHO PLAYS A ROLE IN THE FUTURE OF THE ARCTIC?
The 8 Arctic nationsIceland, the Kingdom of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Canada and the United States form the core of the Arctic Council, an international governing body for the region.
Arctic peoplesOver 4 million people live in the Arctic, and their livelihoods are directly tied to its future.
Non-Arctic nationsCountries like Singapore, China and the UK have an interest in Arctic routes and resources, and Arctic warming may impact weather and sea levels around the world.
IndustryShipping, oil and gas, and companies are drawn to the Arctic by the tremendous economic opportunities unveiled by melting ice. Meanwhile, the companies that insure such projects are taking stock of the risks of working in icy waters.
Civil societyWWF and other organizations are working to ensure that increased development is managed responsibly, for the benefit of people, wildlife and habitats.
WHAT WWF IS DOING
The Council also recognizes the critically important role of Arctic indigenous peoples, by creating a unique role for them as Permanent Participants.
WWF is the only circumpolar environmental non-governmental organization with observer status on the Arctic Council. This means WWF can attend Arctic Council meetings, propose projects, and present our views. We have an invaluable opportunity to collaborate with leaders and experts making critical decisions that will shape the future of the Arctic.
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