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Arctic Governance

A new Arctic needs new rules. As climate change causes the Arctic's ice to melt and new areas to open up, the region is facing unprecedented changes and serious threats.

Why it matters

The ecosystems of the Arctic transcend political boundaries, making collaboration among Arctic states essential. 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 nations
Iceland, 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 peoples
Over 4 million people live in the Arctic, and their livelihoods are directly tied to its future.
Non-Arctic nations
Countries 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.
Industry
Shipping, 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 society
WWF and other organizations are working to ensure that increased development is managed responsibly, for the benefit of people, wildlife and habitats.

Our solutions

How we work

Publications

The Circle 04.18
The Circle 04.18
1 October 2018
The Circle 01.18
The Circle 01.18
1 May 2018
The Circle 03.17
The Circle 03.17
1 February 2018
Polar Bear CAP Scorecard
Polar Bear CAP Scorecard
30 January 2018
The Circle 01.17
The Circle 01.17
25 April 2017
The Circle 02.16
The Circle 02.16
27 May 2016

Meet the team

Tom Arnbom

Tom Arnbom

WWF-Sweden

Senior Advisor, Arctic and marine

Paul Crowley

Paul Crowley

WWF-Canada

Vice President, Arctic

Mette Frost

Mette Frost

WWF-Denmark

Senior Advisor, Greenland and the Arctic

Martine Giangioppi

Martine Giangioppi

WWF-Canada

Senior specialist, Arctic marine conservation

Ekaterina Khmeleva

Ekaterina Khmeleva

WWF-Russia

Advisor, Environmental Law

Martha Lenio

Martha Lenio

WWF-Canada

Specialist, renewable energy, Arctic

Lotta Manninen

Lotta Manninen

WWF Arctic Coordinating Team

Senior specialist, governance

Simon Walmsley

Simon Walmsley

WWF Arctic Coordinating Team

Senior Specialist, Arctic Sustainable Development

Margaret Williams

Margaret Williams

WWF-US

Managing Director, WWF-US Arctic Field Program

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