OTTAWA, June 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, issued the
following statement regarding the European Union's decision on trade of
"I am very pleased to see the European Union (EU) recognizing the value
of Canada's solid polar bear management system.
"Last week in Belgium, the EU Scientific Review Group decided not to
impose further restrictions on the import of polar bear into the EU,
and instead to continue with the current regime.
"Canadian officials representing the Government of Nunavut and
Environment Canada were invited to the meeting to present Canada's
management and conservation approach for its polar bear population.
"Our careful management and strong commitment to monitoring are
reflected in the status of Canadian polar bear subpopulations. Over the
past five years, governments and other organizations in Canada have
collectively invested over $9 million in polar bear monitoring. Our
Government is proud to be part of this effort and has recently
committed to continue its support of monitoring activities.
"Decisions based on evidence, such as that taken by the EU, lead to true
conservation progress. We are encouraged to see that our European
partners have made careful decisions based on the updated information
provided to them.
"Canada has a solid management system in place for polar bear that is
founded on the land claims agreements and engagement with Inuit
communities. The system considers both science and Aboriginal
Traditional Knowledge, thus ensuring a high level of support from all
stakeholders, and, importantly, from people living among polar bears in
"A Circumpolar Action Plan is being developed that will focus on threats
that are best addressed at the international level by the Polar Bear
Range State countries (Canada, the United States, Norway, Russia, and
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment