Range States Agreement Documents

PBear Range States LOGO Final HR 01

  • The Governments of Canada, Denmark, Norway, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America.
  • Recognizing the special responsibilities and special interests of the States of the Arctic Region in relation to the protection of the fauna and flora of the Arctic Region.
  • Recognizing that the polar bear is a significant resource of the Arctic Region which requires additional protection.
  • Having decided that such protection should be achieved through co-ordinated national measures taken by the States of the Arctic Region.
  • Desiring to take immediate action to bring further conservation and management measures into effect.


1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears Rules of Procedure for Contracting Parties (revised March 12, 2029)

with Annex A Code of Conduct for Observers

Declaration of the Responsible Ministers of the Polar Bear Range States
Moscow, Russian Federation, 4 of December 2013

Routti et al Contaminants in p bear circumpolar Arctic NP Kortrapport 052 2019 1State of knowledge and further recommendations for monitoring and research – Action #42 of the Circumpolar Action Plan for polar bear conservation