С. Е. Донской

The polar bear is the symbol of the Arctic. It is the largest land-based predator, perfectly adapted to the extreme polar climate, long polar night , and long periods without food.

This is the only land mammal whose main habitat is the drifting ice . Despite this , the polar bear is very vulnerable to both increased economic development of the Arctic and climate change.

In the last century, a decline in the number of polar bears stopped only after the Arctic countries in the second half of the century implemented effective measures for the conservation of this species.

To ensure the sustainable conservation of polar bears in the long term, in the face of rising economic impacts in the Arctic and climate change, range states need to coordinate their actions and develop special measures to ensure the health of the populations of this unique species.

Russia welcomes the participants of the International Forum for the Conservation of polar bears, and we hope that the results will enable us to ensure the sustainable management and conservation of this species in the long term.

Sergey Donskoy
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
the Russian Federation