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The ICCF directly supports the International Conservation Caucus - the second largest U.S. Congressional Caucus.

The Congressional group is currently comprised of over 1/3 of the U.S. House of Representatives and over 1/4 of the U.S. Senate. The ICCF works with Congressional ICC leaders to pull together broad audiences to forge initiatives that address the world's most pressing conservation challenges.

Key to the ICC's success is its bipartisan spirit and capacity to access the resources of conservation leaders, both public and private, to educate them in their decision-making and assist them in funding projects. The ICCF is confident the ICC will continue to meet superb success as the world shifts to an era of ever-greater consciousness of sustainability in development and economic growth.


Co-Chairs, House of Representatives

Hon. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
Hon. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
Hon. Betty McCollum (D-MN)
Hon. Ed Royce (R-CA)


Hon. Richard Burr (R-NC)
Hon. Rob Portman (R-OH)
Hon. Tom Udall (D-NM)
Hon. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Former Co-Chairs, House of Representatives

Hon. Ben Chandler (D-KY) | Hon. Norm Dicks (D-WA) | Hon. Jim Moran (D-VA) | Hon. Hal Rogers (R-KY) | Hon. Clay Shaw (R-FL)(ret.) | Hon. John Tanner (D-TN)(ret.) | Hon. Tom Udall (D-NM) | Hon. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)(ret.)

Former Co-Chairs, Senate

Hon. Sam Brownback (R-KS)

Guiding Principles

The following principles should frame U.S. efforts to support international conservation programs:

i. All actions must be grounded in respect for the sovereignty, cultures, and traditions of the nations in which programs are implemented.

ii. Careful account must be given to local community concerns and needs.

iii. Sound science is fundamental to designing effective conservation strategies.

iv. Protected areas are a cornerstone of successful and sustainable conservation.

v. Conservation should be linked with efforts to promote good governance, strengthen rule of law, reduce poverty, encourage economic development, nurture democratic institutions, advance education, and improve public health.

Conservation requires collaboration among governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, international institutions, and others.


The Members of the International Conservation Caucus share a conviction that the United States of America has the opportunity, the obligation and the interests to advance the conservation of natural resources for this and future generations. The mission of the Caucus is to act on this conviction by providing the strong U.S. leadership necessary to conserve the world’s most biologically rich and diverse places.

The International Conservation Caucus was founded in September 2003 by Representatives Clay Shaw (R-FL), John Tanner (D-TN), Ed Royce (R-CA), and Tom Udall (D-NM) with a commitment to helping the United States lead public and private international partnerships that provide stewardship of natural resources for habitat and bio-diversity protection, poverty reduction, economic development and regional security.


Conservation is an American value.

Since the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, the world's first nationally protected park, conservation has been a truly American value. Conservation, Theodore Roosevelt insisted, is democratic in its essence, in that national parks preserve our natural heritage for all people. He urged us to consume with restraint, because the wildlife and natural resources in our land belong not only to us, but the generations of Americans that come after us.

Conservation as an essential tenet of foreign policy.

History has taught us that natural resources can and often will be a source of violent conflict. Population growth and consumption patterns reveal that the likelihood of armed conflict over food, water, minerals, and energy will increase dramatically in the future. We must change how we live and interact with nature, because our fate is inextricably tied together with it. For the parts of the world not ready to make the necessary changes, we must help, because we are all in this together.

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