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IWC Funding

Financial contributions from member governments form the IWC's core income, but additional voluntary donations are generously made by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), industry bodies, and also by member governments, all wishing to support a particular programme of work.

Member government contributions

An annual contribution is sought from each member government.  The contributions vary between governments, depending on three factors: the size of delegation at the most recent biennial Commission meeting; any whaling activity that may have been undertaken; the governments' capacity to pay.

To read more on how the financial contributions are calculated, and to see the amounts sought from each country for the next financial year, click here.

Voluntary contributions

Voluntary contributions are made to the IWC by a wide variety of organisations.  Donations are usually in support of a particular programme of work.  Some donations are made to ongoing, formal funds and some are made to assist in financing a particular workshop or piece of research.  

The areas of work receiving voluntary contributions are diverse.  Examples of formal funds include the Small Cetaceans Voluntary Fund, which invites bids from scientists working on conservation of some of the most endangered mammals in the world, and the recently established Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Fund, which will assist aboriginal hunters who do not otherwise have the  means to participate in IWC work. Recent work programmes receiving donations include the Whale Entanglement Response Training Programme, and workshops on marine debris, euthanasia of stranded whales, and satellite tagging of gray whales in the North Pacific.  

Publication of IWC Accounts

The Income and Expenditure Accounts are publicly available and published annually in the Annual and Intersessional Reports of the Commission.  

To view an archive of Annual and Intersessional Reports,click here.