IWC advisering (WOT-04-009-047.01, WOT-04-009-037, WOT-04-009-004, WOT-04-003-003)

Project: EZproject

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The IWC is an Intergovernmental Organisation (IGO) with some 88 member states. In 1948, the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) was signed. This treaty mainly served to regulate whaling. Meanwhile, the protection of all whale and dolphin species worldwide is an equally important goal.

Since 1982 there has been a moratorium on commercial whaling since 1982, however whales are still caught. This is done within the framework of scientific, commercial and/or aboriginal subsistence whaling.

The Netherlands is a member of the IWC so that the government can influence the international policy and management of cetaceans. In the IWC, the Netherlands occupies a protective position towards whales. The Netherlands are  represented in the IWC by LNV.

The instruments for the Netherlands to co-steer international policy are Dutch participation in the Scientific Committee (WC), where the scientific advice on all whale species is drawn up, and also the contribution of the Netherlands to the Commission meeting.


Effective start/end date1/01/0831/12/22


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