IWC Conservation Committee
Intersessional 2020 | Virtual meeting

The IWC Conservation Committee

The Conservation Committee will be held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions and the postponement of the in-person meeting of IWC68 (originally scheduled for September 2020) until Autumn 2021. The remote meeting, which draws on experience from the approach taken by the Scientific Committee in May 2020, will address the issues that most urgently need to be progressed or for which decisions are required before the end of 2020, but will not seek to cover all of the Conservation Committee agenda.

This meeting is open to IWC Contracting Governments and representatives from Accredited Observer Organisations.


The documents for the meeting will be made available on the meeting web page[ IWC Conservation Committee - Intersessional 2020]

Zoom sessions

Zoom sessions will be 2 hours in length. There will usually be one Zoom session per day only to allow the best scheduling for differences in time zones.

On Zoom sessions, the usual format for observer participation will be followed (Contracting Governments will be invited to speak first on an agenda item, followed by observers) but the Chair/Vice Chair will ensure that sufficient time is made available for observer interventions so may set a time limit for all individual interventions if necessary.

Guidance on Zoom will be circulated to all participants in advance of the meeting and Zoom etiquette can be found at the bottom of this page. Download Zoom

Email discussions

As indicated on the agenda some items will be dealt with by email discussion only. Emails will be sent out to all of those registered to attend the meeting and a form provided for comments. At the conclusion of the time allocated for comments, the convenor of the discussion will send a summary of the discussion and a proposed way forward.


The draft report will be circulated by close Sunday 30th for agreement by correspondence. A further Zoom session may be scheduled in on Tuesday 6 October if there are unresolved issues from the report which require further discussion.

Please be aware that the timetable is provisional and could be subject to change, as such please regularly check here for updates.

Registration is now closed. Anyone who still wishes to register should contact

Timetable (UK timezone)
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CMP: 8.2 Future CMPs 8.3 Thematic Strategic Plan for CMPs New Work Programmes For The Conservation Committee 12.1Anthropogenic underwater noise 12.2 Climate Change 12.3 Chemical pollution Zoom link:
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Presentation on new content and discussion on promotion Zoom link:
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6.1.2 New BMI workplan 6.3 Report from the Indian Ocean Bycatch workshop 6.4 Engagement with RFMOs Zoom link:
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
14.2 Small cetaceans Task Teams 15 Species of urgent and emerging concern Zoom link:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
9.1 Report from SC 9.2 Report from SSWG 9.3 Ship Strikes workplan and staffing arrangements Zoom link:
12:00 AM
12:00 AM
10:00 PM - 11:55 PM
10:00 PM - 11:55 PM
4.3 GOVERNANCE REVIEW (if needed to resolve issues raised during the email discussion) Zoom link:
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Bycatch Coordinator - for enquiries about Bycatch Mitigation Initiative and relevant agenda items
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IWC Executive Secretary - for Commission-related enquiries
IT & Database Supervisor - for Zoom Support and technical enquiries

Zoom Meeting Etiquette/Best Practice:

  • The zoom link we provide in the meeting request and in the schedule in the portal will automatically open your zoom client and allow you into the meeting through a simple join instruction.
  • Please test your audio and microphone when you log in to ensure all is in working order. It is advised to log in at least 15 minutes early on your first meeting so any technical issues can be resolved before the meeting commences.
  • When prompted for your name, please use your full name as you wish it to be recorded in the participants list.
  • As in face-to-face meetings, it is better to keep mobile phones switched off to help you concentrate on the meeting and avoid disturbance.
  • Please always keep your microphone on mute if not speaking − this will help avoid feedback and external sound interference. We may also ask for video to be switched off unless you are speaking in order to preserve bandwidth for the meeting audio.
  • If you are having problems with your audio, you can always dial in to a phone number available on the audio options. This will enable us to hear you and you will still be able to see the screen/other participants.
  • Please use the raise hand sign or other visual signals included in the zoom client to attract the Chair's attention − If your visual signal is not seen, please directly message the nominated rapporteur/co-convenor using the meeting chat tool.
  • The Chair may ask you to share a document/presentation directly so please be prepared to do so.
  • The use of a headset/earphones and microphone is recommended over device hardware to improve the clarity of the audio.
  • If dialling in by phone, please announce your full name so this can be added by the technician