Photo credit: Henrik HansenPhoto credit: Henrik Hansen

The Range States Communications Working Group has been tasked with all Circumpolar Action Plan (CAP) operations that are related to communications activities, from developing the Range States website to communication materials such as educational resources related to polar bear biology, status and conservation. Over the course of the first 2-year CAP Implementation Plan (2015-2017), the Communications Working Group developed a Range States Communications Plan that includes regular information updates about the outcomes of the CAP to the Range States. This communications plan contains a strategy on climate change in order to bring global focus to the threat to the Arctic and to polar bears, as well as the need for the global community to reduce GHG emissions. On the next 2-year Implementation Plan (2018-2020) the Communications Working Group will begin to implement the activities outlined in the communications plan by working with other Range States Working Groups such as the Human-Polar Bear Conflict Working Group to develop Polar Bear-Human Conflict safety messages and Best Management Practices for shipping, mining, energy and the use of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) where appropriate.

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