The world’s polar bear land gathering at Svalbard

Polar bearSPITSBERGEN.Svalbard. Polar bear.Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / Scanpix
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The world’s polar bears are threatened by climate change and melting sea ice. The world’s five countries, where polar bear live, are gathering these days to discuss the management of their stock.

At the polar bear party meeting, 40 delegates from the USA, Canada, Russia, Greenland and Norway are gathered in Longyearbyen on Svalbard. One of the key issues at the polar bear meeting is how the five countries will prioritize their efforts in the years to come.

From the Norwegian side, there is a desire to continue to strengthen the concerted efforts for the polar bear.

– “We achieve more in collaboration than each of us. Therefore, we should align our research even better and focus on measures that have significance across national borders and sub-populations of polar bears,” says Department Director Ivar Myklebust of the Environment Directorate, who heads the Norwegian delegation.

The polar bear countries’ cooperation was formalized in 1973 when the five countries signed the polar bear agreement. Today there are between 20,000 and 25,000 polar bears in the Arctic.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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