The Polar Bear Range States (Canada, Denmark (Greenland) Norway (Svalbard), Russia and the United States) all signed the Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears in 1973. In September 2015 a Circumpolar Action Plan regarding a Conservation Strategy for the Polar Bear was published. Besides up to date information about Polar Bears the document contains strategies to address threats to the Polar Bear population.
As a part of the Norwegian efforts in regard to the new conservation strategy AECO has been invited to participate in a Government of Svalbard initiated working-group on Tourism and best practices in regard to Polar Bears.
The 2015 Circumpolar Action Plan can be accessed via AECO’s webpage: https://www.aeco.no/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/2015-11-20-Conservations-Strategy-for-the-Polarbear-2015.pdf