New report on the history of the 1973 Agreement

Image: Jørn Henriksen
The first steps towards the signing of the Agreement on the conservation of polar bears was taken in the first half of the 1960s, when US authorities called the first meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1965. They, and many with them, were worried about the total worldwide level of polar bear catch or harvest. The process from this point to the signing and further up till the challenges faced by the signatory nations and the Agreement today has been told by two of the most experienced polar bear researchers there is, Thor Larsen and Ian Stirling. The report was commissioned as something to read for delegations and press at the meeting in Tromso, March 17-19, 2009.
Download the report here (ca. 1.6 mb). It will also be available later through our library.
Published Sunday March 15 2009 by Dag Vongraven