Polar Bear Meeting Highlights Impacts of Climate Change

20 March 2009: Representatives from the five parties to the 1973 Polar Bear Conservation Agreement – Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway, the Russian Federation and the US – met from 17-19 March 2009, in Tromsoe, Norway.

Participants agreed that climate change impacts and the continued and increasing loss and fragmentation of sea ice constitute the most important threat to polar bear conservation. They noted with deep concern the escalating rates and extent of changes in the Arctic induced by climate change to date and that future changes are projected to be even larger. Parties agreed that long-term conservation of polar bears depends on successful mitigation of climate change. [Meeting Website] [Meeting's Outcome Document]