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The Arctic

Consisting of deep ocean covered by drifting pack ice and surrounded by continents and archipelagos around the Earth's North Pole, the Arctic is the planet's largest and least fragmented inhabited region.

Why the Arctic matters

Home to millions
Warming faster than anywhere else in the world
Global interest is growing as ice melts
Eight countries, global significance
Vast resources are becoming available

Where we work

What's new


Our Planet: The story behind the walruses

Walruses are incredible.

Published 5 April 2019


Senior Specialist, Sustainable Development

Job opportunity with the WWF Arctic Programme

Published 27 March 2019

From The Circle

Infographic: Underwater noise

Oceans cover more than 70% of the planet. Until recently, the Arctic Ocean was a natural “acoustic refuge” for marine animals because it was covered in thick ice for much of the year.