The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) is a politically independent advisory body which aims to preserve wild game and hunting. To achieve this goal, the CIC is promoting the sustainable use of wildlife resources.


To promote and support the conservation of wildlife and related landscapes, local communities, and traditions through sustainable use including hunting.


A world where wildlife is valued and conserved as part of nature for the benefit of humanity.


  1. Promote wildlife conservation through sustainable use. Major activity: to communicate sustainable use successes of hunting
  2. CIC is a global trusted source for global hunting issues – knowledge management
  3. Combat wildlife crime. Major activity: to promote regulated hunting as an important tool against wildlife crime


The CIC promises to….

  • provide advice, stimulate and share knowledge to show sustainable hunting is good for conservation
  • build an ever stronger global community of sustainable hunters to share experiences, create alliances and foster interactions among peoples from diverse backgrounds
  • promote and lobby the interest of hunters; to make sustainable hunting more visible to the public
  • advise hunters on sustainability and conservation
  • maintain valued traditions and cultural heritage of hunting

 Target groups

  • governments, associations, experts, individual members
  •  global hunting community, international environmental organizations, UN institutions, public authorities
  • private and public donors
  • hunting, environmental and general media


  • Respectful of the diversity of wildlife and people
  • Non-political, non-profit
  • Striving for excellence
  • Responsibility, transparency
  • Honesty, integrity


  • We share a passion for wildlife and hunting
  • We are committed to nature conservation
  • Membership consisting of opinion-leaders
  • Conservative Values whilst also being forward-looking, prestigious and social
  • Trustworthy and rational


  • developing and establishing standards, policy, legislation and best practice guides
  • supporting applied scientific research, facilitating the dissemination of scientific knowledge − organizing events and networking, to share experiences about the beauty of nature and the joy of hunting
  • promoting culture and traditions derived from hunting

The CIC Today

CIC is recognized by the Austrian Government as an international non-governmental and non- profit organization, working in the interest of the public. Since 2003, the CIC has its legal seat in Vienna, the Headquarters of the organization is, since 1999, in Budakeszi, Hungary.

The CIC carries out cross-border cooperation in the form of joint conservation projects, symposia and other wildlife related activities including at a regional level. Currently such Coordination Fora exist in the Nordic Countries, the Mediterranean and Central- and Eastern Europe.

The CIC and Hungary

The Hungarian State as the first of the socialist countries to join the CIC in 1966 increased the level of recognition of the country on the international hunting stage. The CIC played a crucial role in the organization of the 1971 World Hunting Exhibition, as patron of the event and through conducting trophy measurements. Pál Vallus, Vice-President at that time, later President of the CIC, was on the board of the exhibition. The General Assembly of the CIC in 1970 was held in Budapest. Being involved in the preparations of this global event, the contributions of the CIC allowed to draw the attention of hunters worldwide. After the political changes in the country the most important step in the relationship of the CIC and Hungary was the invitation by the Hungarian Government to move the administrative centre to Budapest. After long negotiations, the Office moved, in 1999, from Paris to Budakeszi, which was a crucial diplomatic achievement for Hungary.