The International Whaling Commission and the Future of Cetaceans in a Changing World

Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 199-212, 2002

Posted: 17 Sep 2006

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William C. G. Burns

Northwestern University, Environmental Policy & Culture Program

Geoffrey Wandesforde-Smith

University of California, Davis

Abstract

The article examines the primary threats to cetaceans in the 21st Century. It concludes that environmental change poses a far more dire threat to cetaceans, yet the IWC appears to be ill equipped from a political or resource standpoint to address these issues. The article also provides recommendations on how the IWC might improve its ability to protect cetaceans from threats such as climate change, marine pollution and noise.

Keywords: Climate change, International Whaling Commission, whales, cetaceans

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Burns, William C.G. and Wandesforde-Smith, Geoffrey, The International Whaling Commission and the Future of Cetaceans in a Changing World. Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 199-212, 2002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=930456

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