On March 28th, the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) and Oceans Caucus Foundation (OCF) held their annual Conservation Council Luncheon, at which the Co-Chairs of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus (ICC) and Oceans Caucus (OC) joined with members of ICCF’s Conservation Council to discuss priorities for the year ahead.
Co-Chairs speaking on behalf of the International Conservation Caucus included Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), as well as Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and Ed Royce (R-CA). Oceans Caucus Co-Chairs included Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Don Young (R-AK).
Co-Chairs praised the bi-partisan nature of the caucus and foundation, which have allowed both parties to work together on issues and achieve real results, such as passage of the 2016 END Wildlife Trafficking Act and the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015. Senators Sullivan and Whitehouse discussed new bi-partisan legislation addressing the issue of marine debris, while others discussed the importance for American interests of supporting U.S.-led conservation and development efforts around the world, emphasizing public-private partnerships and focusing on international conservation in this year’s budget in terms of efficacy and efficiency.
The ICCF Conservation Council plays a key role by partnering with government on conservation and development initiatives. Council members represent global businesses, NGOs, and bilateral and multilateral development organizations. These organizations possess very diverse experience: some offering the latest science, others sharing practical know-how to build community-based conservation projects through public-private partnerships. But, all offer unique perspectives and share a common desire to implement conservation projects safeguarding wildlife and biodiversity, protecting and restoring habitats, and generating economic opportunities and social benefits for surrounding communities who are necessarily the long-term stewards of local natural resources.
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