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1973 Agreement On The Conservation Of Polar Bears

The Polar Bear Conservation Agreement came into force on May 26, 1976 to protect the species through a coordinated approach of the five mountainous polar bear states (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (now Russia), Norway, Greenland (Denmark), United States, Canada). NOTE that polar bears are an important Arctic resource that requires additional protection; A mid-term review of the Multi-Year Action Plan on the Multi-Year Action Plan will be completed in January 2020 and the findings and recommendations of the mid-term review will be discussed at the next meeting of the parties, scheduled for Norway from 4-6 March 2020. The objective of the 2020 meeting of the parties is to update the conservation and management of polar bears and their habitat in each of the range states; An update on joint efforts to implement the Circumpolar Polar Bear Action Plan; and other key issues related to polar bear conservation. One of the objectives of the Circumpolar Action Plan is to minimize threats to polar bears and their habitat through adaptive management of polar bears based on coordinated research and monitoring efforts. These initiatives must be taken, if necessary, on a large scale – if necessary around the polar, bilateral and national sphere – and with the participation of indigenous peoples. The five parties to the 1973 agreement recognize that polar bears are important to people in northern communities, range states and the world. The nature and pace of change in the Arctic requires action at the local, national and international levels. The five states of the range will continue to work together to take new and ongoing conservation initiatives. Contracting parties continue to consult with each other to provide additional protection for polar bears. Each party takes appropriate measures to protect ecosystems, including polar bears, with a particular focus on habitat elements, such as protection zones, feeding and migration patterns, and manages polar bear populations on the basis of the best available scientific evidence, in accordance with good conservation practices.

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