Modern History of Polar Bear Conservations

On March 1, 2014, Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin announced the commencement of the construction of its Arctic Passage exhibit, anticipating the project will be completed by summer 2015. This facility will house about 4 polar bears and provide a primitive habitat for this endangered species. The construction of Arctic Passage is a step the zoo takes to support the international polar bear conservation. America is one of the member countries that contribute significantly to global conservation of polar bears, along with Russia, Switzerland, Denmark and other countries in arctic region.

To inform the public of the past, present and future of polar bear conservations.

1938-01-01 00:00:00

All-Russia Environmental Protection Society

All-Russia Environmental Protection Society persuades the Northern Sea Route authority, Glavsevmorput, to prohibit hunting of polar bears from ships and at polar hydrometeorological stations.

1948-10-01 00:00:00

the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

International Union for the Protection of Nature (IUPN) was founded after an international conference in Fontainebleau, France, becoming the world's oldest global environmental organization. Its core mision is to conserve biodiversity globally. In 1956 the name was changed to to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

1950-06-01 00:00:00

Regulations in Greenland

Greenland applied official regulations nationwide to ban hunting of polar bears and to protect females with cubs in Northeast and North Greenland.

1956-11-21 00:00:00

"On Protection of Arctic Animals" Russia

Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic (RSFSR) Council of Ministers began forbidding any hunting activity in Arctic waters and on islands and shorelands bordering the Arctic Ocean .

1968-01-29 00:00:00

the Polar Bear Specialist Group

IUCN established the Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG). Scientists from the five "polar bear countries (Canada, Greenland/Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States)" attended the first meeting in Morges, Switzerland.

1973-07-01 00:00:00

Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve

Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve was established and has been protected since then. The nature reserve covers all of Nordaustlandet, Kong Karls Land, Kvitøya, Sjuøyane, Storøya, Lågøya, Wilhelmøya, Wahlbergøya and a small section of the north-east corner of Spitsbergen. It provided natural habitats for faunas, polar bears and sea birds.

1973-11-15 00:00:00

Agreement in Oslo

The Governments of Canada, Denmark, Norway, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America signed up agreements regarding protection of polar bears from hunting, killing and capturing, acknowledging the significance of cooperation among states in arctic region.

1973-12-28 00:00:00

Endangered Species Act of 1973 of the United States

The nation's Endangered Species Act of 1973 was amended and approved with several implements to the 1968 Act. The 1973 Endangered Species Act provided for the conservation of ecosystems upon which threatened and endangered species of fish, wildlife, and plants depend.Polar bears were classified.

1994-06-01 00:00:00

Conservation Plan for The Polar Bears in Alaska

In June, 1994, Conservation Plan for The Polar Bears in Alaska was published by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Marine Mammals Management. The document provided a specific and comprehensive demonstration on polar bears' biological characteristics and listed out strategies and plans for their conservation.

2013-12-04 00:00:00

Leaders' commitment to conservation measures at Polar Bear Forum

Leaders from the five "polar bear states" made commitment at the International Forum on Polar Bear Conservation. They would work on addressing the issue of polar bears' habitats for concerns about the melting glaciers and shrinking ice in arctic areas.

2039-01-01 09:57:49

The Last Ice Area

Scientist predict that only a very small piece of ice will remain in Northeast Canada and Northern Greenland when all other large areas of summer ice are gone by 2040.

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