There is no single Arctic and no universally agreed definition of the Arctic. Latitude, vegetation, or average July temperatures have been used to define the area. These varied descriptions mean there are also wide variations in the number of people who are defined as living in the Arctic; estimates range from four to ten million. What is known is that the region requires effective governance.
The Arctic: Dynamic Partnerships and Communities
The biggest and most difficult of the questions in the Arctic are still not fully understood. To get the answers there needs to be partnership between the Arctic States, the people who live there, and beyond.