Letters and Statements
IBA holds a recognized position in the world conservation arena and Council frequently receives requests from members and the public to address policy issues related to bear management, conservation, and research. As a professional scientific organization, IBA must maintain scientific objectivity when agreeing to address a policy issue or develop a position statement. IBA Council established Policy Guidance based on six criteria to determine whether IBA involvement in policy issues is appropriate. If you are considering a request for a position or policy statement from IBA, please first read our Policy Guidance document answering the six points of criteria required for a position statement or letter and contact the IBA President or Director of Transition with details of your request. IBA Council is all-volunteer and position statements often require thorough research and recruitment of expert consult on a specific topic therefore, we ask consideration is given to the amount of time required to produce these important statements. We understand that each request is different and will assess individually but suggest a minimum of 30 days following the request.
Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Alternatives to a Proposed Alaska Roadless Rule, USA. December 17th, 2019. To view the proposed rule and associated documents, click here.
Comments on Draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan/EIS Impact Statement, North Cascades Ecosystem, Washington, USA. October 23rd, 2019. To access the Draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (January 2017), click here.
Comments to United States Army Corp of Engineers on Pebble Project (Pebble copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry deposit as an open-pit mine) Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Alaska, USA. June 2019. To access the US Army Corp of Engineers Pebble Project website, click here.
Use of radio-collars in bear research, management and conservation: Joint position statement by the International Association for Bear Research and Management and the IUCN SSC Bear Specialist Group, April 2019.