On 19-22 February 2011, twenty-two scientists, managers and community experts from Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia and the United States, met in Edmonton, Canada, to develop a Pan-Arctic Monitoring Plan for Polar Bears.
The workshop, managed by the Arctic Council Working Group CAFF, focused on developing a coordinated and efficient pan-Arctic monitoring approach that would:
- Detect changes in polar bear populations across the Arctic
- Implement standard assessment measures using community-based and scientific monitoring
- Identify which subpopulations to monitor and the necessary frequency of monitoring
- Use a suite of indicators to assess subpopulation status and trends
- Identify the factors driving population changes
- Report the results to decision-makers from local communities to national government and regional bodies.
Over the coming months, the results of the workshop will be used to develop a Pan-Arctic Polar Bear Monitoring Plan, with an expected release in October 2011.