We, the undersigned NGOs, here at the Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” in Batumi, Georgia, 09 June 2016, ask the European Environmental Ministersto urgently support a science-based approach via the ‘precautionary principle’, and support aninternational commercial trade ban of all polar bears parts. As an important intermediate measure, weare also calling on each country to support a full moratorium on the international commercial trade of all polar bear parts and a full moratorium on all polar bear trophy hunting driving the commercial trade. The Ministers are also each invited to join the NGOsmessage to Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and USA to support the process to designate polar bears taxa protected via CITES Appendix 1 
Polar bears are increasingly threatened with climate change, toxic pollution, habitat encroachment and trophy hunting.There is insufficient credible updated data on the state of global polar bear subpopulations to support any commercial trade in polar bear parts or the trophy hunting driving this commercial trade. Polar bears cannot afford continued political delays in place of the science that fully supports a moratorium on the international commercial trade in polar bear parts and all polar bear trophy hunting driving the trade.
1. Elena Vasilyeva, IC “Volgograd-Ecopress”, Russia
 CITES convention Appendix 1 would significantly reduce the international commercial, and commercial-related, trade of polar bearskins and derivatives. Polar bears current CITES designation under Appendix 2 provides insufficient oversight and protection.