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Building capacity in developing nations to ensure good stewardship of their natural resources.

The International Conservation Corps harnesses the vast potential of this readily available human capital to provide on-the-ground solutions.

Veteran conservation professionals are hand selected to transfer the knowledge, experience, and best practices needed by partner nations to address host-country priority conservation needs. The International Conservation Corps selects from an elite class of skilled workers to form the most effective volunteer mechanism for international assistance.

The International Conservation Corps fills a gap in conservation efforts and complements ICCF’s global network of legislators - the Conservation Council of Nations (CCN) - which collaborates and exchanges best practices and solutions for conservation policies. ICCF creates opportunities for legislators and International Conservation Corps leaders to develop solutions to address natural resource management and the policies that will best support protected area systems.

Setting the international conservation agenda in Washington, D.C.

The ICCF brings together leaders at the highest level of government, business, and the NGO community. We set the conservation and environmental agenda by coordinating people with scientific expertise, organizations that support and manage programs on the ground, and policymakers who shape legislation.

The International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation promoting the projection of U.S. leadership for international conservation worldwide.

Domestically the U.S. has set the world’s gold standard for landscape-scale conservation dating back to the leadership of President Theodore Roosevelt. In today’s 21st century, the U.S. needs to exert responsible and forward-thinking leadership in conservation policy and in providing the export of conservation expertise to the world’s emerging nations.

We work to advance U.S. leadership in international conservation through public and private partnerships and to develop the next generation of conservation leaders in the U.S. Congress.

For a decade, the mission of ICCF has been to serve as the nucleus for Congressional leadership for U.S. international conservation, in concert with the protection of U.S. business and national security interests worldwide. ICCF underpins the leadership of the bipartisan U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus (ICC), which comprises more than a third of the U.S. Congress. We educate policymakers on international issues of natural resource management throughout the legislative process. We are pro-business, pro-development and pro-environment. We are committed to market-oriented solutions for conservation and sustainability worldwide.

We support Congressional leadership in Conservation.

ICCF works to educate U.S. policymakers on international conservation, using good science and models of public-private partnerships that invest in protecting biodiversity and natural resources.

Since 2006, the ICCF has been recognized as the leading organizer of relationships between U.S. policymakers, conservationists, and business leaders. We work hard to maintain a working structure that helps policymakers react to international ecosystem challenges and make informed decisions in allocating resources.

For bipartisanship to be attained, for the best decisions to be made, our Senators and Representatives need to be presented with a compelling demonstration of coordinated, impartial information. Our messages are presented with clarity, cohesion, and objectivity.

Market-Based Solutions

Integrating environmental stewardship and good natural resource management into private-sector investment.

For many in the developing world, their foremost concern is day-to-day survival. When people are desperate, they resort to desperate measures, often destroying the very natural resources on which they depend. Market-based conservation solutions are essential to ensure that natural resources are used in a manner that allows people to benefit from these resources while also providing them with incentive to ensure their long-term viability.

Core Programs

U.S. Congressional Briefing Series

Our Congressional Briefing Series educates policymakers using good science and models of public-private partnerships that invest in protecting biodiversity and natural resources. Over the years our briefings have covered a wide variety of global initiatives, from cutting-edge corporate social responsibility practices to innovative on-the-ground conservation programs.

International Conservation Leadership Awards

The most important annual conservation gathering of U.S. Members of Congress, foreign Heads of State, Ambassadors, corporate executives, conservation legends, celebrities, and NGO and civil society leaders to celebrate conservation successes and achievements.

Oceans Leadership Initiative

ICCF is providing U.S. policymakers with the resources and expertise they need to create and implement programs, practices, and policy to ensure an intelligent balance between the conservation and development of oceans resources.

ICCF Financials

In its mission to educate about issues of conservation worldwide, ICCF has and continues to receive the financial support of its Conservation Council, a collaboration of public and private sector organizations. Our strong record in our commitment toward sound, market-oriented, conservation policies has been, over the past decade, made possible by upholding and applying the highest standards in accountability, effectiveness, and transparency.

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The Need

There is a tremendous lack of institutional capacity in developing nations needed to effectively manage their natural resources. This capacity gap leads to the deterioration of biodiversity, water, fisheries, and forests, thereby constraining the potential for sustainable economic development for future generations.

To protect their most important natural assets, nations have placed large amounts of territory into public lands such as national parks, both terrestrial and aquatic, but most lack the capacity needed to manage them well.

Ever-increasing pressures from the continuous growth in human populations and consumption make it imperative to help overcome this global management deficit to ensure that economic benefits perpetually convey from ecosystems to the forestry, fish, and wildlife sectors, the tourism industry, and agribusiness.

Addressing the Need

Our work is essential for the effective management of biodiversity, water, fisheries, and forests which are sources of environmental security, beauty, cultural heritage, and sustainable wealth for current and future generations.

The International Conservation Corps exports Canada and the U.S.’s immense knowledge and experience in protected area and natural resource management to developing countries to increase their human and institutional capacity to effectively manage their natural resources.

Through partnerships with North American conservation agencies, their corresponding retiree organizations, and ICCF’s corporate and NGO partners, the International Conservation Corps organizes and exports carefully selected and highly skilled teams of experts to work directly with developing country government officials and NGO partners to design protected area systems; to build up the managerial capacity to maintain the systems; and to transfer and adapt the best practices developed in the U.S. and elsewhere.

U.S. and Canadian conservation agencies have long realized the potential of expanding their mission beyond borders to stabilize the natural resource supplies in regions key to their interests, but have lacked the funding to properly sustain international programs. ICCF’s International Conservation Corps has the systemic capacity to channel the experience and talent of these respective agencies and retired experts to meet the specific needs of partner nations and provide the necessary funding and in-country political support through ICCF’s Conservation Council of Nations program.

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