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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.

Senior Staff

John Gantt
ICCF President

Susan Lylis
Vice President

Carolyn Weis
Oceans Caucus Foundation Program Director &Partner Relations Coordinator

Learn about the ICCF Board of Directors here.

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 Teddy Roosevelt Approach

ICCF embraces President Roosevelt’s conservation philosophy, supporting not only protection of
natural resources, but also their wise utilization in order to preserve the Earth’s biodiversity and habitats
while sustaining and improving the lives of its inhabitants.

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Board of Directors

Led by the Honorable John Tanner, the ICCF Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated conservationists with solid experience in international policymaking. It oversees the work of the ICCF and coordinates ICCF's Congressional Advisory Council, Board of Governors, and Conservation Council to fulfill ICCF's mission.


Congressional Advisory Council

ICCF'S Congressional Advisory Council is made up of a concerned group of both republican and democratic former congressmen and other politically notable Americans.


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