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WCC 2016 Res 055 - Progress Report

General information
IUCN Constituencies implementing this Resolution
IUCN Members: 
World Wide Fund for Nature - International ( WWF ) / Switzerland
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
IWC, African States Bordering the Atlantic Ocean (ATLAFCO), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS), International Committee on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), etc.
Indicate which actions have been carried out to implement this Resolution : 
Policy influencing/advocacy
Describe the results/achievements of the actions taken: 
At the end of January, an expert panel will gather in Tokyo to review Japan's proposal for a new, special permit whaling research programme in the western North Pacific. International law (the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW)) gives responsibility for special permit whaling to individual governments, not the IWC. Although the IWC does not regulate special permit whaling, the ICRW does stipulate that any country undertaking special permit whaling should report to the IWC each time a permit is issued.
It also states that the scientific information produced by a special permit whaling programme should be presented to the Commission. This information is received by the IWC Scientific Committee which reviews all special permit whaling proposals and the results of any programmes using a process known as 'Annex P,'
This new proposal, known as NEWREP-NP, was circulated last November and will be reviewed by a small, specialist panel of invited experts, according to the Annex P guidelines. Their discussions and conclusions will be published in a report, submitted to the Scientific Committee for wider debate at its meeting in May. The advice of the Scientific Committee will then be presented for consideration by the Commission when it meets in 2018.
What challenges/obstacles have been encountered in the implementation of this Resolution and how were they overcome : 
Difficulties of negotiations with whaling countries, in particular with Japan.
Briefly describe what future actions are needed for the implementation of this Resolution: 
influencig policy at the IWC meetings
Are these actions planned for yet: 
Status of implementation
Status of implementation for this Resolution: 
Initiated: first stages of implementation