In Defence of the Grind in Defiance of the EU

Eugene Lapointe accuses the EU of ignoring diplomatic protocol and resorting to cultural imperialism. He says it is exploiting the International Whaling Commission to force the Faroe Islands to abandon hunting cetaceans. But the Faroese islanders respect UN sustainability goals and are compliant with regional treaties that govern the responsible harvesting of whales. An extraordinarily undiplomatic… Continue reading In Defence of the Grind in Defiance of the EU

Namibia Professional Hunting Association’s annual address by Danene van der Westhuyzen

Many people would ask me why I hunt, or how I came to be a hunter. And usually I would tell of how I was brought up in Namibia, where hunting is second nature and part of our existence and our way of life. But to be honest, the answer is actually very simple. My… Continue reading Namibia Professional Hunting Association’s annual address by Danene van der Westhuyzen

Dr. Nikolas Sellheim’s Book Review: Rebecca Giggs’ “Fathoms. The World in the Whale.”

Fathoms: the unit by which depth is measured. 1 fathom = 1,82m = 6 feet. The title of the first book by Australian writer Rebecca Giggs immediately implies a depth of content, a deep-dive into the world in the whale – a book to better understand the order of cetaceans maybe? One might expect a treatise on… Continue reading Dr. Nikolas Sellheim’s Book Review: Rebecca Giggs’ “Fathoms. The World in the Whale.”

Our new study shows lack of recognition of indigenous youth in international conservation law

By Dr. Nikolas Sellheim Introduction In a forthcoming peer-reviewed study in the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL) entitled “Indigenous youth and international conservation law: Five case studies”, myself and Otava Ojanperä (University of Helsinki) examine five agreements and in how far they consider indigenous youth as legitimate stakeholders. The study was carried out… Continue reading Our new study shows lack of recognition of indigenous youth in international conservation law

Does the UN step up its game (again) to tackle illicit wildlife trade?

Guest contribution by Dr. Nikolas Sellheim. Introduction On 23 July 2021 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Resolution A/75/L.116 ‘Tackling illicit wildlife trade‘. The resolution is the fifth resolution of the UNGA after resolutions in 2015, 2016, 2017and 2019 on this very issue. While the underlying narrative is essentially the same – i.e. the protection of biodiversity through the… Continue reading Does the UN step up its game (again) to tackle illicit wildlife trade?

Contextualising the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use

IWMC is pleased to have permission to publish Dr. Nikolas Sellheim‘s overview and comment on the Declaration on Forests and Land Use issued on 2 November 2021 at COP26 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Glasgow, UK. This article first appeared on his online publication People, Livelihoods & Conservation. Introduction On… Continue reading Contextualising the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use

IWMC World Conservation Trust Opening Statement

VSM/2109/OS/NGO/03 IWMC World Conservation Trust Opening Statement IWMC World Conservation Trust wishes to express its gratitude to the Chair of the Commission and its appreciation to the Secretary and her Staff for the effectiveness in arranging this Special Meeting under difficult circumstances. For centuries whaling has been an integral part of cultures all around the… Continue reading IWMC World Conservation Trust Opening Statement

IWMC’s Opinion published in the Straits Times Forum

A ban on grizzly bear trophy hunt has led to a boom in the predator population

Matt Simmons is a writer and editor based in Smithers, B.C., unceded Gidimt’en Clan territory, home of the Wet’suwet’en/Witsuwit’en Nation. After travelling and adventuring across the top half of the province for several years, writing on conservation, cultural heritage and the joys of backcountry exploration for numerous magazines and newspapers, he settled in northwest B.C.

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

The value of “interrupting the supply chain” for wildlife products is not necessarily positive from the perspective of conservation.