Resolutions from the 17th meeting of the PBSG in Fort Collins, USA 2014

Res#1-2014: On national and international support for exchange of personnel and information

The IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group

Recognizing that understanding ecological variation among polar bear subpopulations is important to scientific studies and the conservation of the species, and.

Recognizing that best-practices for studying polar bears are constantly evolving, and

Recognizing that polar bears move across jurisdictional boundaries;

The PBSG requests that the Range States and other organizations support national and international exchanges of personnel involved in polar bear research, and support international collaborative study planning and analyses of data on population status and delineation.

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Res#2-2014: Support for scientific studies of polar bears in the Russian Arctic

The IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group

Recognizing that Article VII of the 1973 Agreement for the Conservation of Polar Bears calls for each Contracting Party to “… consult with other Parties on the management of migrating polar bear populations, and exchange information on research and management programs; and

Recognizing that at the 2014 PBSG meeting members learned of significant new work conducted by Russian scientists;

Commends Russia’s recent investment in gathering scientifically rigorous data and other sources of relevant information regarding polar bears within their jurisdiction and shared populations; and

Recommends continued support for polar bear research, monitoring and management activities across Russian territory;

and also Recommends:

  • Enhanced focus on collaborative research across the Russian Arctic as an important first step in closing gaps in existing polar bear population status and trend information;
  • Support for publication of Russian polar bear and related research in peer reviewed international journals;
  • Translation of Russian language reports related to polar bears and the ecosystems of which they are a part;
  • Consultation with relevant external experts in both the design of research and monitoring protocols and where useful, the analysis of data to assure maximum benefit of new independent and collaborative work;
  • Continued participation by a diversity of Russian organizations and Institutes who are actively engaged in scientific research or monitoring with the PBSG.

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