Symposium programme


The symposium takes place in room IV at the UNESCO, access at 125 rue de Suffren, 75007 Paris, subway Cambronne.

The simultaneous translation is done permanently by professional translators, the room IV is equipped with headphones and microphones.


► Friday,september 25th

2.00pm – Symposium opening

Welcoming word of a representative of the UNESCO.

Intervention of Mr Raphaël CUVELIER, projects coordinator of the Prince Albert II de Monaco Foundation.

Allocution of the Honorable Lawrence CANNON, C.P. Canada’s Ambassador in France, and Mister André GATTOLIN, Hauts-de-Seine’s Senator, Vice-President of European affair’s commission and Arctic, French Southern and Antarctic Territories study group.

2.30pm – Session 1

A millennium cohabitation. Do dialogue and rigorous scientific works override the rhetoric and the politics?

Moderator: François MOUTOU, French Society for mammal’s study and protection. (SFEPM), France.

2.30pm – The Polar bear, the other one of the man, by Bernard SALADIN d’ANGLURE C.M., anthropologist, emeritus professor in Laval University, Québec (Canada).

3.15pm – Management of polar bears in Greenland, by Amalie JESSEN, Head of Department of Hunting and Agriculture, Greenland government.

4.00 to 4.15pm – Break

4.15 pm – Canadian perspective on the Polar Bear global management, by Basile VAN HAVRE, Fauna Canadian Service, Environment Canada, Ottawa (Canada).

5.00 pm – Relationships between Canadian Inuit and Polar bears; culture, hunt, respect and conflicts – an account, by Joseph CARPENTER, Director of the Inuvialuit Game Council (IGC) for the community of Sachs Harbour (Canada).

5.45 pm – Various questions


► Saturday,septembre 26th

9.00am – Session 2

Last news of the polar bears.

Moderator: Estelle GERMAIN, Director of the Research and Observation Centre on Carnivores (CROC).

9.00 am – Impact of glaciations of the Quaternary on the evolution of the white and brown bears, by Alexandre HASSANIN, Senior lecturer at the Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC), researcher at the Natural History national Museum (ISYEB – UMR 7205), Paris (France).    

9.45am – Polar bears from Beaufort sea and Chukchi sea (Alaska-Canada), by Eric REGEHR, member of the Polar Bear Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC PBSG) (United-States).

10.30 to 10.45am – Break

10.45am – Follow the polar bears by satellite, by Aline DUPLAA, responsible of ARGOS animals tracking in CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellite), Toulouse (France).

11.15am – Rond table hosted by Marie-Hélène FRAÏSSÉ (writer-journalist) in the presence of Amalie JESSEN, Joseph CARPENTER, Douglas NAKASHIMA (Chief of Section on Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge, Natural Sciences Sector) and invitees.

12.15am – Lunch break

► 2.00pm – Session 3

How to imagine cohabitation?

Moderator: Tarik CHEKCHAK (Scientific director of Cousteau foundation)

2.00pm – Geopolitics of carnivores, the place of Polar Bear, by Farid BENHAMMOU, Doctor in geography, co-author of « Géopolitique de l’ours polaire, éditions Hesse” (France).

2.45pm – The Polar Bear, touristic resource, by Laine CHANTELOUP, Doctor in Geography of Savoie University (EDYTEM laboratory) and Montreal University (France).

3.15 to 3.30pm – Break

3.30pm – The polar bear and the CITES, by Juan Carlos VASQUEZ, Administrator in charge of Communication and information of CITES Secretariat, Geneva (Switzerland).

4.15pm – The Polar Bear, foundation of international cooperation, by Mrs the Minister Inga Marie W. NYHAMAR, representing the Ambassador of Norway, Paris (France).

5.00pm – Various questions

5.30pm – Symposium closure

Conclusion by Peter DOGSÉ, Co-Chair UNESCO Task Force on COP21 and Climate Change, Programme Specialist Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences UNESCO.



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