Born from a Central European idea around 1900, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) was established in 1928 in Palárikovo, Slovakia. Since then, it has gained global recognition as a unique advisor in the field of sustainable use and the conservation of wildlife.

The CIC is a politically independent advisory body and is recognized by the Austrian Government as an international non-governmental and non-profit organization, working in the public interest. Since 2003, the CIC has had its legal seat in Vienna.

As a membership organization, CIC is unique in that it unites State Governments and Agencies, NGO’s and Associations, Universities and Institutions and private individuals all under one roof. Globally, over 84 countries are represented with 32 State Governments as members. The CIC is supported by an Administrative Office, based in Budapest, and a Commission structure that focused and enables the activities of the Members.

Under various agreements and conventions, the CIC enjoys the status of an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO). In 2004, the CIC became a signatory to the CMS Saiga MoU and, in 2007 the CIC became an institutional member of the SCA.

As an Institutional Member, the CIC will use its communications channels, influence and advisory capacity to help the CMS and the SCA to strive for the improvement of the conservation status of the critically important Saiga.

If your organisation would like to become a member of the SCA, please email As well as the opportunity to be featured in Saiga News you will also receive a page on our website and will have the opportunity to submit news stories to our website and to this newsletter.

You can also read this story in the January 2009 edition of Saiga News, and you can read more about CIC Wildlife on their institutional members page.

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