IUCN/Polar Bear Specialist Group 13th meeting

Group photoGroup photo of the participantsImage: Dag Vongraven PBSG chairman Stanislav Belikov and co-chair Scott SchliebePBSG chairman Stanislav Belikov (left) and co-chair Scott Schliebe (right)Image: Morten Ekker

The last meeting of the IUCN/Polar Bear Specialist Group was held 23-28 June 2001 in Nuuk, Greenland. The meeting was attended by 28  members and invited specialists from the signatory states to the International Polar Bear Agreement.

After welcome addresses from meeting convener and delegate Erik W. Born and Greenland Minister of Natural Resources Alfred Jakobsen, PBSG chairman Stanislav Belikov and co-chair Scott Schliebe greeted welcome to the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.

In addition to formal organizational matters and review of the status of all populations, the main issues covered concerned future threats of polar bear populations and how the group best could address new challenges. Since the last meeting in Oslo in February 1997 more research has been undertaken concerning the future threats against polar bear populations throughout their range.

The chairmanship was passed down from Stanislav Belikov to Scott Schliebe.

Here you can read the press release and the resolutions.