Numerous organizations work in the Arctic. The Arctic Council is the leading one; the intergovernmental forum promotes cooperation, coordination and interaction amongst the Arctic States.

Maps can be combined among them or with maps presented under other sections (as for instance Arctic Summer Sea Ice extent and “Arctic definitions”). All maps can be downloaded for free for use in presentations as long as its origin is clearly accounted for.

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Arctic Council

The Arctic Council is a high level intergovernmental forum to provide a means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, with the involvement of the Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants of common Arctic issues, in particular issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic. The Arctic Council Member states are highlighted on the map. The Arctic Council Secretariat is located in Tromsø. It was established to increase the ability of the council to address future challenges in the region. The establishment was also viewed as in integral part of the efforts set by the Council in order to strengthen its position through the Nuuk Declaration. The Arctic Council Secretariat helps to coordinate the work of the Arctic Council and its working groups.