The proceedings contain minutes, press release, resolutions, the subpopulation status table and country reports on management and research on polar bears in the period since the previous meeting.
Following the First International Scientific Meeting on the Polar Bear which was held in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1965, the Polar Bear Specialist Group was formed to coordinate research and management of polar bears.
Eight years following the First Scientific Meeting, the ‘Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears and Their Habitat’ was signed by the Governments of Canada, Denmark, Norway, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the United States.
Article VII of the Agreement states: “The Contracting Parties shall conduct national research programmes on polar bears, particularly research relating to the conservation and management of the species. They shall as appropriate coordinate such research with research carried out by other Parties, consult with other Parties on the management of migrating polar bear populations, and exchange information on research and management programmes, research results and data on bears taken.”
As part of their commitment to fulfil the intent of the Agreement, representatives of all five signatory nations, together with invited specialists, attended the 15th Working Meeting of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group that was held 29 June–3 July 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark and hosted by the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.
The proceedings of this meeting are available for download in pdf form on the right of this page.