Our partners offer unique perspectives and share a common desire to implement conservation projects safeguarding wildlife and biodiversity, protecting and restoring habitats, and generating economic opportunities and social benefits for surrounding communities who are necessarily the long-term stewards of local natural resources.
"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."
Partnering with the GEF
Since 2011, the ICCF Group has filled a niche for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), achieving policy results by building political will and providing on-the-ground solutions through its legislative caucus model.
The ICCF Group has successfully served as a tool for GEF to achieve policy successes over the past decade and is advancing to support efforts toward policy coherence on a larger scale. Building on lessons learned in previous GEF projects, we are focused on helping achieve big victories in smaller geographical areas on initiatives such as land use, carbon, deforestation, and 30x30 in geographical areas of GEF focus.
Operation Safe Passage
The ICCF Group and partner Oak Foundation developed Project Safe Passage, an initiative to boost conservation work within the Zambezi and Greater Kruger landscapes, focusing on countering the illegal wildlife trade, social impact, and research.
Project Safe Passage facilitates support and builds partnerships with NGOs and government authorities that approach problems in innovative and systematic ways to increase the security of wildlife and the resiliency of communities within key areas of transfrontier conservation like KAZA. The project works across a platform of numerous grassroots organizations through a bottom-up approach, considering the gaps, needs, and challenges of local governments, communities, and wildlife.
The Sudano-Sahelian Initiative
ICCF is working with several partners to develop the Sudano-Sahelian Initiative (SSI): a network of protected areas and landscapes stretching from the West to East coast of Africa spanning 14 countries to act as hubs for security, good governance, ecological restoration, and green development.
While the countries in the region hold numerous and outstanding biodiversity and cultural resources, they are among the poorest, most insecure, and most environmentally imperilled on the planet. The SSI will create a coordinated effort, bringing together sizable investments at the national and international levels, to contribute to enduring change at a large scale.