These are some of the Arctic Council's areas of focus. Learn more about our projects.
The flora and fauna of the Arctic
While most regions of the Arctic are far removed from large industrialized areas, the environment in the high North carries the traces of human-induced pollution – from soot to plastics, from methane to pesticides.
The Arctic is home to almost four million people today – Indigenous people, more recent arrivals, hunters and herders living on the land, and city dwellers.
The temperatures in the Arctic continue to rise at more than twice the global annual average, which drives many of the changes underway in the Arctic.
The Arctic States hold a responsibility to safeguard the future development of the region and to develop models for stewardship of the marine environment.