The ICCF Group

Our programs engage and educate high-level decision makers, promote innovative partnerships, and deploy top conservation professionals from U.S. and Canadian government agencies.

We work to ensure the sustained support and collaboration of governments and the private sector for policies and projects to conserve ecosystems vital to our global economy.

About Us Our History

Our Approach

The International Conservation Corps

Our veteran conservation professionals provide knowledge, experience, and best practices to governmental and non-governmental partners in developing nations to help them address their priority conservation challenges.

The ConsCorps

The Caucus Model for Conservation

More and more governments are recognizing the success of the legislative caucus model for conservation, first pioneered in the U.S. Congress and replicated in parliaments in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

What's a Caucus?

Where We Work

We work at the highest levels of governments and in national parks and protected areas in the United States and in developing countries around the globe, filling a niche in the conservation arena.

Our Global Presence

Who We Are


Political, business, and nonprofit leaders have joined forces in a bipartisan fashion to support The ICCF Group and its approach to conservation.

Board of Governors


Our executive team works to advance conservation governance by building political support through the caucus model and providing on-the-ground solutions for conservation and the sound management of the world's protected areas.

ICCF Executive

ICCF Publications

From quarterly publications to impact reports, ICCF regularly publishes documentation to keep its supporters informed of its ongoing efforts as well as of its partners' contributions to conservation.

All publications are made available to download.

ICCF Publications

ICCF Quarterly

Published seasonally, the ICCF Quarterly is your go-to publication to learn about the most important highlights of our work.

Download: Quarterly Issue #6

Impact Report

Download our 24-month report, and learn about our impact. Find out the results we are driving on a range of issues, including combating wildlife trafficking, building the institutional capacity of national parks systems, and ensuring the sustainability of ocean resources.

2016-2017 Impact Statement

ICCF Films

Subscribe and hear the stories. Through its YouTube series, ICCF brings a more intimate perspective on the issues tackled through its international program, bringing to screen the voices of our supporters and of the actors who make our work possible.

ICCF YouTube

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Find us on Social Media

Never miss a beat! Find us on Twitter and get live updates on our program across continents.

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ICCF iTunes

Take ICCF stories on the go and listen to our YouTube series formatted in an audio version.

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Extraordinary Leadership in Conservation

Joining our international network offers opportunities for open dialogue and collaboration with partner governments, businesses, and NGOs around the world. This cross-sectoral engagement facilitates sound policy frameworks aimed at conservation and sustainability, while creating opportunities for the establishment of public-private partnerships to advance natural resource management.

Since 2006, The ICCF Group has brought together many of the most influential nonprofit organizations and businesses in the world who, as members of the ICCF Conservation Council, have taken advantage of this opportunity to advance sustainability and improve the effectiveness of their efforts and investments toward safeguarding our planet.

The ICCF Conservation Council

The ICCF Group convenes the foremost collaboration of corporate and NGO partners to seek consensus on conservation topics and provide expertise to educate policymakers on issues of good natural resource management.

Among our partners are:

“It’s the experience that comes from those NGOs and volunteers that are assisting in this wider effort to come up with long-term solutions that will protect species far into the future…”

-- Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), International Conservation Caucus Founding Co-Chair

Annual Publication:
Partners in Conservation

Through this annual publication, our partner organizations and businesses share their conservation stories with a global audience of public- and private-sector leaders.

Download the PiC 2017

Our History

Birth of the International Conservation Caucus and ICCF

In 2000, National Geographic Explorer and WCS Field Scientist Dr. Mike Fay completed a MegaTransect across more than 2,000 miles of Africa’s Congo Basin. He gathered pledges of support from several major conservation organizations for the establishment of protected areas and national parks in the Congo Basin, conditional upon matching support from U.S. Government grants. Dr. Fay sought the help of his long-time friend David Barron, who had been working in Africa for many years on issues of development and democracy, to find this matching U.S. support.

David pulled together a number of the most important Democratic and Republican Members of the U.S. Congress to meet over dinner with Dr. Fay and several U.S. agency leaders to discuss what would become the historic Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). With the support of the President of Gabon and with a $53 million pledge from Secretary of State Colin Powell and other members of the Bush Administration, 13 new national parks were formed in the Congo Basin, resulting in tens of millions of acres dedicated to national parks and protected areas.

This project was such a great success that many of the same key Members of Congress came back together in September 2001 and decided to launch an International Conservation Caucus (ICC) in the U.S. House of Representatives and later in the U.S. Senate to work in a bipartisan fashion on other international conservation challenges and opportunities. David was asked to build an educational foundation to support the leadership of the caucus with educational programs—a foundation that became the ICCF.

Chronological Timeline


Launch of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus (ICC) in the House of Representatives

The bipartisan ICC was launched in the House of Representatives by Founding Co-Chairs Congressman Ed Royce, Congressman Clay Shaw, Congressman John Tanner, and Congressman Tom Udall.


Launch of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus (ICC) in the Senate

The bipartisan ICC was launched in the U.S. Senate by Founding Co-Chairs Senator Sam Brownback and Senator Dick Durbin.


ICCF Is Launched to Support the Leadership of the ICC

At the request of the ICC Co-Chairs, ICCF was formed, bringing together major conservation NGOs and corporate partners to support educational programs for the ICC. This partnership has grown to include more than 50 corporations and NGOs.


Establishment of the Conservation Council of Nations

As the ICC grew and became increasingly effective, the members identified a need to reach out to their counterparts in parliaments around the world to educate and collaborate with them on conservation issues. The ICC turned to ICCF, and the concept of the Conservation Council of Nations (CCN), a collaboration of member nations working together on conservation issues, was born. Through the CCN, multiparty parliamentary caucuses are being built in countries around the world


Creation of the Oceans Caucus Foundation

In 2011, U.S. Senate leaders approached ICCF regarding oceans issues, and work began to build a bipartisan Oceans Caucus based on the successful ICC model. The Oceans Caucus Foundation was established within ICCF to support caucus leaders and to recruit Members of Congress to bring about a bipartisan, balanced approach to oceans issues.


Launch of the International Conservation Corps

Through ICCF’s International Conservation Corps program, veteran experts from U.S. and Canadian land management agencies are deployed to partner nations around the world to share their land and ocean conservation expertise.


Launch of Parliamentary Conservation Caucuses in Kenya and Namibia


Launch of the Colombian Conservation Caucus


Launch of Caucuses in Tanzania and Zambia

Signing of the Arusha Declaration on Regional Conservation & Combating Wildlife/Environmental Crime, an agreement between Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia to pursue further cooperative actions for the conservation of Africa's natural wealth.


Launch of Caucus in Malawi


Launch of Caucuses in Botswana, Mexico, Mozambique, Uganda, and Zimbabwe


Launch of Caucuses in Peru and Gabon; Launch of Colombian Oceans Caucus

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