This cross-sectoral audience offers an unparalleled opportunity for special guest speakers to simultaneously address the largest bipartisan caucus on Capitol Hill, high-level foreign delegations, and influential business and conservation leaders about the need for U.S. and international conservation engagement, cooperation, and action.
There are four fundamental elements of good natural resource management, and the United States is a world leader in each of these areas: a well-managed system of natural parks and protected areas, strong political will, good natural resource management laws, and effective enforcement. The United States has tremendous expertise in the management of national parks and protected areas, boasting the oldest and largest natural resource management agency in the world, the Department of Interior. U.S. Presidents and the U.S. Congress throughout the years have demonstrated support for conservation by passing carefully crafted laws and policies and by appropriating funds for international and domestic conservation of forests, wildlife, oceans and other natural resources.
The U.S. Congress has a rich history of appropriating funds for international forest, wildlife, and oceans conservation and is currently providing assistance to the developing world towards long-term management of natural resources for food, freshwater, and economic security as well as conflict avoidance. These efforts complement those of great leaders in many nations around the world, and it’s in this context that the 2015 ICCF U.S. Congressional Gala honored the Prince of Wales, for his story, his accomplishments, and his truly extraordinary conservation leadership.
The rapid growth of African economies and the multinational scramble for access to their natural resource wealth have been accompanied by a competition for influence, at times at the expense of the best interests of local peoples as well as America's economic and strategic goals in the continent. For the United States, supporting conservation in Africa is an investment in the free, prosperous, and peaceful international system that fundamentally serves its highest national aims.
The 2012 U.S. Congressional International Conservation Gala was held on April 24, 2012 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The Gala celebrated the launch of the Oceans Caucus Foundation and introduced its unique approach to conservation: bringing together leaders of industry, the conservation community, and U.S. Congressional leadership to increase the long-term benefits derived from the oceans' natural assets.
The 2010 U.S. Congressional International Conservation Gala was held on September 22, 2010 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The focus of the Gala was "The Natural Security Challenge." ICCF's newest initiative, the Conservation Council of Nations, was formally announced, and the 22 Founding Partners were recognized.
The 2009 U.S. Congressional International Conservation Inauguration Gala, honoring President Barack Obama and First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama & Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, was held on January 19, 2009 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The more than 600 participants included dozens of Members of the U.S. Congress, leaders from the corporate and NGO communities, members of the Administration, ambassadors and high-level representatives of more than 20 foreign nations, conservation philanthropists, and American celebrities.
The second annual U.S. Congressional International Conservation Gala was held on September 18, 2007 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The event united nearly 500 of the most dedicated conservationists among leaders in the U.S. Congress, the Administration, the business and NGO communities, and individual philanthropists to celebrate the expanding and diversifying base of support for the work of the ICCF, including the growth of both the ICCF Conservation Council and the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucuses.
The ICCF Inaugural Gala was held on September 19, 2006 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The event brought together a diverse Group of nearly 500 liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, corporations and NGOs, foreign dignitaries and American celebrities, volunteers and professionals in a common cause to "elevate to new heights the emphasis that the United States of America places on leading the world in habitat and biodiversity conservation and overall good stewardship of natural resources." At this inaugural event, ICCF celebrated its collaboration and introduced our philosophy of a "Teddy Roosevelt" approach to conservation.