March 11, 2009 08:00 ET

WWF-Canada: Fate of Polar Bears to Be Determined

Conservation expectations of upcoming international polar bear meeting Canada, Russia, US, Denmark - Greenland, and Norway to meet in Tromso, Norway, March 17-19, 2009

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 11, 2009) - WWF Canada -

Location: WWF-Canada - 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 410, Toronto

Call in: 1-866-365-4406 Access Code: 9163236#

When: Thursday, March 12, 2009

Time: 11:00 AM EDT

The fate of polar bears could be determined at the upcoming polar bear meeting to be held from March 17-19, 2009 in Tromso, Norway.

WWF will be holding a media briefing on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 11:00 AM EDT to outline the conservation outcomes expected for a successful meeting of the parties to the 1973 International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears and their Habitat. This will be the first time the Parties have met officially to discuss polar bear conservation in 28 years. Since 1973, climate change has emerged as the most important threat to the long-term survival of polar bears.

WWF experts will be available to comment on:

- Current global status of polar bears
- How climate change is impacting sea ice and polar bears
- The long-term prospects for polar bear survival
- Possible conflicting positions of the Parties on polar bear protection
- Legal obligations of the Parties to protect polar bears
- What the Parties need to do to reduce threats to polar bears from:
-- Climate change
-- Habitat destruction
-- Toxic chemicals
-- Unsustainable harvest

This news release and associated material can be found on wwf.ca.

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