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Environment Canada

November 26, 2008 13:19 ET

Environment Minister Convenes Promised Polar Bear Roundtable

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced today that a national roundtable on the polar bear will be held on January 16, 2009 in Winnipeg to discuss the path forward in protecting this iconic species. The Minister is inviting territories and provinces, the wildlife management boards, the Inuit, scientists and others who have a management or conservation role to protect Canada's approximately 15,500 polar bears.

"We take our responsibilities for species at risk very seriously. There are many conservation actions already underway by various parties. We're looking forward to working cooperatively and productively in partnership with other key players to discuss solutions that will help ensure a future for the polar bear," said Minister Prentice.

The Polar Bear Roundtable will be an opportunity to increase awareness of the many conservation actions underway by various parties and to hear views regarding priority areas for action.

Minister Prentice will also bring other governments, organizations and others together in Ottawa, on December 16, 2008 to discuss the key issues around implementing the Species at Risk Act.

"Our government is committed to protecting Canada's wildlife and biodiversity and to working with our partners who share responsibility and commitment to species at risk," said Minister Prentice. "The discussions in Ottawa next month will be helpful in assisting us for the broader upcoming Parliamentary review in 2009 of the Species at Risk Act.

The Government of Canada has put more resources to work to improve science, recovery work and overall implementation of the Species at Risk Act. To date, recovery strategies for 104 species have been published on the Species at Risk Public Registry.

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