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

Governance

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

Leadership

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

The Power of the Blue Economy to Address Marine Pollution

Businesses and organizations are combating marine debris through innovative policies and partnerships to improve transparency and accountability in the seafood and business product and packaging supply chains. On June 7th, the Oceans Caucus Foundation and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation co-hosted an expert panel to discuss how their respective industries and organizations are working to protect our oceans.

This panel of experts consisted of Coca-Cola Government Relations Director Missy Owens, Oceans Plastics Lab scientist Dr. Julia Schnetzer, Seafood Harvesters of America President Chris Brown, and Gorton’s Seafood Director of Purchasing Greg Jeffers.

“The health of our oceans is the health of our planet,” Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici stated at the beginning of the briefing, adding that a healthy ocean is not only fundamental to a prosperous economy but is also necessary in order to protect invaluable marine ecosystems. Plastic, including micro-plastic, has polluted every inch of the ocean, Dr. Schnetzer said, and threatens to dismantle the ocean’s food chain and thus impact aquatic food sources and the economy at large, the climate, and air quality. Dr. Schnetzer and her colleagues at the Oceans Plastic Lab are travelling the world to educate the public about how science is currently working to invent new mechanisms aimed at solving the ocean’s plastic issue.

To address the plastics problem, the Coca-Cola Company is fostering “multi-disciplinary partnerships with various levels of government and organizations” to help achieve the company’s sustainability initiatives. Coke’s “World Without Waste” initiative, as Ms. Owens detailed, is a company goal to sell 100% recyclable product packaging, generate bottles comprised of 50% PET materials, and recycle one bottle for each bottle sold by 2030. The company has already become 100% water neutral, returning an equivalent amount of water into the environment as the amount used to power production.

Another business taking steps to protect the health of our oceans is Gorton’s Seafood. According to Purchasing Director Greg Jeffers, Gorton’s has partnered with the New England Aquarium’s scientist community to work on “science-based fishing management” and move toward more sustainable fishing standards monitored by third-party certifiers. Mr. Jeffers spoke about traceability and sustainability of seafood products, where technology plays an important role. He emphasized the need for increased education about and awareness of ocean pollution, as well as better science so that plastic alternatives can be constructed and consumers can access information about where their fish products come from and when they were caught.

One of those doing the catching is Chris Brown, a Rhode Island fisherman who recognizes that overfishing is destroying economic communities due to less fish and lower quality fish product. As President of the Seafood Harvesters of America, an organization that represents U.S. fishermen, Brown argues that there “are zero upsides to not being environmentally aware.” Not only should we take care of our precious natural resources, he says, but improved fishing will also result in better businesses and lower product prices. An unhealthy ocean equates to bad business and the slow elimination of important food sources on which millions of people depend.

Protecting the ocean is not only a domestic issue: it is a global issue that impacts inland and coastal communities alike. All panelists agreed that increased education, science, and local and federal government support are necessary for change to take place and that the ocean is our responsibility and it is up to us whether or not future generations will have an ocean to depend on and care for.

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