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The International Whaling Commission - IWC

The IWC is the global body charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling.  The IWC currently has 88 member governments from countries all over the world.  

The Commission's role has expanded since its establishment in 1946.  In addition to regulation of whaling, today's IWC works to address a wide range of conservation issues including bycatch and entanglement, ocean noise, pollution and debris, collision between whales and ships, and sustainable whale watching.

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Pollution 2025: Intersessional Workshop

21 Oct 2021

The Scientific Committee of the IWC is holding a virtual workshop on the new Pollution 2025 initiative, focused on cumulative effects and multiple stressors.

Fifth IWC Workshop on Climate Change and Cetaceans will focus on increased efforts and collaboration

20 Oct 2021

As world leaders gather for the COP26 Climate Conference, the IWC is also taking the next steps in a thirty-year work programme to understand the impact of climate change on cetaceans. 


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