The 2016 biennial Commission meeting of the IWC will be held at the Grand Hotel Bernardin, Portoroz, Slovenia.
Chair: Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, Mexico
The Conservation Committee considers a wide range of cetacean conservation issues, and its role continues to evolve. The Conservation Committee collaborates closely with the Scientific Committee to understand and address a range of threats to whales and their habitats.
At the 2016 Commission meeting, a new Strategic Plan was adopted for the Conservation Committee. This establishes a long-term vision for healthy and well-managed populations and recovered cetacean populations worldwide. The Plan identifies priority threats to cetaceans, priority actions, measures of success, key partnerships and resourcing. It is accompanied by a Work Plan, a living document that can be adapted as circumstances evolve.
The varied work programme currently includes:
A Voluntary Conservation Fund operates to support the work of the Conservation Committee. Seven issues have been identified as priority areas for support, and a dedicated Steering Group assess funding requests according to these priorities. Contributions to this fund are welcome from member governments, international organisations and other appropriate donors. You can find out more about the fund here.
To read the Strategic Plan for the Conservation Committee click here.
To read the Work Plan of the Conservation Committee click here.
To read the most recent report of the Conservation Committee click here.
To read about the Voluntary Fund for Conservation click here.
To read more about the IWC's work on whalewatching click here.
To read more about Conservation Management Plans click here.
To read more about marine debris click here.
To read more about ship strikes click here.
To read more about the Voluntary Conservation Fund click here.