New PBSG status table finalized

Female with two cubs resting Image: Norwegian Polar Institute
At the last meeting of the PBSG in Anchorage in 2016, the group agreed that there was a need for new and documented criteria for the assessment of status and trends of polar bear populations. Work to develop a new set of criteria started in 2017, and was finalized in summer 2019. A complete new and updated status table and an accompanying detailed report on status and trend assessments made for all 19 subpopulations has now been published. This is the main product of the group, and is vital input to the circumpolar action plan run by the Parties to the 1973 Agreement on the conservation of polar bears.
Published Friday September 20 2019 by Dag Vongraven