United States-Russia Polar Bear Scientific Working Group

Scientific Working Group of the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation on the Conservation and Management of the Alaska-Chukotka Polar Bear Population

Subpopulation: Chukchi Sea (Alaska-Chukotka).

Photo credit USFWSPhoto credit: USFWSThe U.S.-Russia Agreement establishes a Scientific Working Group (SWG) responsible for providing expert advice and recommendations to the U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission (Commission) on the basis of science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). The SWG exists to help the Commission meet the dual goals of conserving and protecting the Alaska-Chukotka polar bear population, and of providing opportunities for sustainable subsistence use by Native people in a manner consistent with national laws, as specified by the Agreement.

The SWG consists of American and Russian co-chairs, plus up to seven members from each country. Members are selected and confirmed by the Commission on the basis of having scientific or traditional knowledge of polar bear biology, habitat, or wildlife management; and of having a direct and active role in research, management, or conservation of the Alaska-Chukotka polar bear population.

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