IWC overview

The IWMC Opening Statements presented at the most recent International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings are witness to the deficient status of the IWC. IWMC believes strongly that the IWC should base its decisions on the concerns of people and the merits of science-based management. Unfortunately, too often the IWC has failed to acknowledge cultural traditions when making life-changing decisions about the regulation of non-endangered species that could be harvested sustainably.

By Eugène Lapointe

Eugene Lapointe is the president of the IWMC World Conservation Trust and a former secretary-general of CITES.