Our history

IWMC World Conservation Trust (Integrating Wildlife, Markets and Conservation: IWMC) was founded in 1994 by Eugene Lapointe, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species from 1982 to 1990 (see Lapointe’s UN Joint Appeals Board case). Since then, IWMC has fought the corner of the sustainable use movement in defence of the right of communities and nations to use wildlife consumptively for profit, fun, survival or as part of their traditional lifestyle and culture.