The registration and agenda for the 61st General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, CIC, has been posted at www.cicmilano2014.com. The assembly will be 23-26 April, 2014 in Milan, Italy.
The CIC will host a Global Summit entitled Hunters United Against Wildlife Crime on the 24th of April. This landmark Summit will gather leaders from the world of hunting and from institutions prosecuting wildlife criminals, such as INTERPOL. CIC President Bernard Lozé states, “We need all…to help stand up to these wildlife criminals and to fight them with all the means that we have! Together, hunters have the power to make a difference!”
This is more than timely. The hunting community has conspicuously been left out of the growing efforts of the US Administration and enforcement authorities to contend with the rise in rhino and elephant poaching. CIC should be congratulated for providing the Summit to step up the hunting world’s participation. CIC is as an organization ideally suited to serve as a meeting place for such forums for the international hunting community.
In other news, the CIC reports that the Republic of Namibia has become the newest state member of the CIC. The CIC is an organization of governments as well as organizations and is treated as such at CITES CoPs, IUCN and other important international forums.