Benefits of Membership
The members of the CIC are a prominent part of a worldwide network of opinion leaders promoting the conservation of wildlife through sustainable hunting.
In today’s global world, there is ample proof that issues of wildlife, issues of conservation of wild living animals through sustainable hunting are not decided anymore just on the local level – they are subject to truly global decisions, taken by the international community, which, consequently, are binding for each and every hunter. The CIC, since almost 80 years, has recognized this and acts accordingly!
Today, the organization is actively engaged in advocating the Sustainable Use Principle on the level of all important international fora where the CIC enjoys a highly recognized, strong partnership. In fact, the CIC is widely accepted as consultant to governments and government agencies, in all major discussions, where the issue of sustainable use and its implementation is at stake.
This, incidentally, is the reason why the Government of Austria has awarded the CIC the status of “working in the public interest” – a public law status which sets the CIC positively apart from most of the environmental activist groups opposed to the Sustainable Use Principle.
Within this context, the CIC contributes to a better understanding of the status and the key issues of conservation and sustainable use of wildlife by organizing and co-organizing symposia, workshops and other wildlife management related events, not exclusively for their members, but also for the wider public.
There is another important aspect, which motivates the CIC, and its close-knit community of members – game does not know borders! With your help we can continue to assist our vital work for a better understanding of people across all borders, people of different backgrounds but with one common denominator: let us work together to promote sustainable hunting as a wonderful lifestyle around the globe. After all – man is part of nature!
The CIC is unique in its diversity: it unites 32 states as members, universities, NGOs, national hunting associations as well as private members and scientific experts from 82 countries.
State Members are representatives of states, government agencies or national public institutions. They may have three representatives thus three votes in the CIC General Assembly. The membership fee depends on the number of inhabitants of the country.
Association Members are representatives of national or international non-governmental organisations. They may have one representative and one vote in the General Assembly. The membership fee depends on the number of members of the organisation.
Individual Members form the majority of CIC. The basic individual membership fee is 300 EUR in 2007 to which certain delegations add a national delegation fee, which varies from country to country.
Experts in the field of wildlife conservation and hunting are exempt from membership fee, as they are expected to contribute to the goals and objectives of the CIC with their special expertise. This way the CIC has built up a significant wildlife conservation knowledge base.
Young Opinion Members, who are less then 34 years old, pay a reduced yearly fee, as CIC would like to promote the next generation, and encourage them to give voice to their opinion.
The CIC is a non-profit organisation, which means that all of its members may contribute to the goals and objectives of the CIC on a voluntary basis according to his or her level of commitment.
How to Become a Member?
The CIC is a decentralized organization. Within the framework of the overall CIC Statutes, its National Delegations have their own by-laws and regulations. As a candidate for individual membership, the Delegation of the country where you live or where you have your main activities will be your partner. So, if you are interested to contribute to the goals and objectives of the CIC, please let us know and we shall be delighted to pass your request on to the National Delegations. They will contact you and we take it from there - your application should be supported by two patron members of the CIC. Once accepted by your National Delegation, your membership will be ratified by the next Annual General Assembly of the CIC.
Not only individuals, but also associations are welcome as members of the CIC. Again, the CIC Headquarters is at your disposal to promote your association’s membership. In the case of international non-governmental organizations or Governments / Government-Agencies, however, all that is needed is a notification of the CIC President by confirming recognition of the CIC Statutes.
So do not hesitate to contact our CIC Headquarters if you want to assist the CIC in its global activities, either by actively engaging yourself or by donating to our cause - we would be delighted to assist you as per the above.