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This information has been taken directly from the Polar Bear Specialist Group's website.

Under the umbrella of the IUCN Species Survival Commission two specialist groups work with bears. In September 1965 a scientific meeting was arranged at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. This was the first major scientific gathering with the primary task to discuss conservation measures regarding one species, the polar bear (Ursus maritimus). This forum was three years later officially established as the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG). The Bear Specialist Group (BSG) was established in 1988, in response to conservation concerns for the terrestrial bear species. In 1992 the BSG initiated an Action Plan for Bears of the World, and invited the PBSG to participate by developing the section for polar bears.

Polar bears are treated separately from the other bear species, because the management of polar bears is guided by the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears that was signed in Oslo, Norway in 1973 by the five polar range states (Canada, Denmark, Norway, USA, and the former USSR). The Agreement is the action plan for polar bears.

The PBSG has at present 16 members, all research scientists from the five nations signing the Agreement. They meet every 3-4 years to discuss matters pertaining to research and management of polar bears throughout their range. The last meeting was held in Seattle, USA, in June 2005. The group invites specialists as felt necessary to address specific research and management issues of specific concern. At the last meeting 24 specialists were invited, covering four of the five signatory countries.
Dates Referenced June 2006
Contact Details PBSG chair:
Andrew E. Derocher
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada

WWW editor:
Dag Vongraven
Norwegian Polar Institute
Polar Environmental Centre
Tromsų, Norway

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Specific References (Please note - website addresses change frequently and all references are dated accordingly. If hyperlinks are no longer active, please inform us)

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W634.May2007.w1 Threats to polar bears http://pbsg.npolar.no/default.htm
W634.May2007.w2 Climate impacts on polar bears http://pbsg.npolar.no/default.htm
W634.May2007.w3 Polar bears and pollution http://pbsg.npolar.no/default.htm
W634.May2007.w4 Polar bears and oil developments http://pbsg.npolar.no/default.htm
W634.May2007.w5 Polar bear hunting, harvesting and over-harvesting http://pbsg.npolar.no/default.htm
W634.May2007.w6 Tourism and other issues http://pbsg.npolar.no/default.htm

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