The Polar Bear Range States will host the eighth Meeting of the Parties in Iqaluit in Nunavut, Canada on May 9-11, 2023.IMG 5735

The Meeting of the Parties is the main governing body of the Polar Bear Range States where the States meet to discuss the progress of the Circumpolar Action Plan, provide updates on domestic management and research and discuss other issues of importance to the cooperation under the Polar Bear Agreement.

 

 

The Polar Bear Range States are now accepting nominations for the 2023 Polar Bear Range States Conservation Award.

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The 2023 Polar Bear Range States Conservation Award will be given at the Meeting of the Parties of the Polar Bear Agreement in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada on May 9-11, 2023.

The award recognizes individuals and/or organizations for long-term/extraordinary service and major contribution towards the conservation of polar bears.

To be eligible for the award individuals or organizations must have:

  • Made significant contributions to the management, research and/or conservation of polar bears both nationally (home country) and throughout the circumpolar range, and

  • Been nominated by a member of the Range States for long-term service and/or extraordinary service or major contribution to the conservation of polar bears or meeting obligations under the 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears.

 

Nominations for the award must include a completed nomination form and any relevant support material. The nominations must be sent by email to Caroline Ladanowski, Chair of the Heads of Delegation, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 4, 2022. All received nominations will be evaluated and an award winner be selected by the Range States.

 

Criteria and guidelines are provided in the nomination form. Further information about the evaluation is also provided in the evaluation form. (please note that the evalutation form is for reference only and shall not be filled out).

For any questions about the nomination form and the nomination process please feel free to contact Caroline Ladanowski at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 Further information of the Polar Bear Range States Conservation Award and previous winners is provided at the Polar Bear Range States website.

 The nomination form and the evaluation form can be downloaded from the Polar Bear Range State file archive.

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The CAP 2020-2023 Implementation Plan pamphlet gives an overview of the Circumpolar Action Plan (CAP) and the main objectives set for the Implementation period of 2020-2023.

The pamplet can be viewed and downloaded here.

 

Further information of the 2015-2025 Circumpolar Action Plan is presented here.

Further information of the 2020-2023 Implementation Plan is presented here.

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The Range States Human-Polar Bear Conflict Working Group has published recommendations of approach to be taken by appropriate authorities in situations when polar bears are dispatched in locations outside of their normal range. Occasionally, some polar bears get transported long distances by ocean currents and sea ice.

The purpose of the recommendation is to give practical information of polar bear sampling to local people and agencies in locations such as Iceland, Newfoundland or other areas outside of their normal habitat.

The position paper can be viewed and downloaded here.

Problem AF 2C 6Lists of Polar-Bear Deterrence Programs and Training Protocols available across the Range States have been published on the Polar Bear Range States website.

Human-polar bear interactions are becoming more common and frequent across the Arctic. These interactions are linked to expanding human activity including tourism and exploration in the Arctic, and polar bears spending more time on land due to sea ice loss. There is a continued need to address human-polar bear interactions to ensure public safety and minimize polar bear injury or mortality. Deterrence programs and training protocols can provide site- and situation-specific measures to minimize interactions between humans and polar bears.

For more information see here

Sign v2Data on human-polar bear conflict has been published on the Polar Bear Range States website. The data icludes information on both polar bears and humans injured or killed in conflict situations:

 

Polar Bears injured or killed in conflict situations:
The Polar Bear Range States have published the numbers of polar bears killed or injured due to conflicts with humans in 2020. The data from 2020 was collected in a consistent way among the Range States and will set the baseline metrics for future monitoring.

For more information see here


Humans injured or killed by polar bears:
The Polar Bear Range States have published data on the numbers of humans killed or injured by polar bears in 2006-2020. The baseline metrics were establised using the data from 2006-2015 to represent the decade prior to establishment of the Circumpolar Action Plan (CAP).

For more information see here

Picture3Template that can be used by federal, state/provincial, local, and tribal entities to develop their own agency, regional, or community-specific protocol or plans for responding to incidents where humans have been attacked by polar bears. The document can be a resource for items and actions to consider when responding to a polar bear attack that results in human injuries or a fatality.

A pdf copy of the template can be viewed and downloaded here

A MS Word copy of the themplate can be downloaded here

 


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Human - Polar Bear Conflict Data

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Template for Developing Polar Bear-Human attack Response Plans

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CAP 2020-2023 Implementation Plan pamphlet

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Position Paper on Sampling of Extra-Limital Polar Bears.

The Range States Human-Polar Bear Conflict Working Group has published recommendations of approach to be taken by appropriate authorities in situations when polar bears are dispatched in locations ...