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Implications: the Polar Regions

Far more than in other regions, the environmental future of the polar regions is largely determined by global developments. The Arctic and Antarctic share various environmental concerns with other regions and with one another.

Despite shared concerns, the two sub-regions that make up the GEO-3 Polar Region are very different in geographical circumstances, in their degree of isolation from major centres of population and human activity and in their legal status. In addition, unlike the Antarctic, the Arctic has a permanent human population, including indigenous peoples (see Chapter 2).