International Conservation Caucus Foundation

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International Conservation Caucus Foundation
International Conservation Caucus Foundation logo.png
Motto Achieving Conservation Solutions by Uniting Corporate Leaders, NGOs, and Policymakers
Formation 2006
Type Educational Foundation
Headquarters Washington, D.C., United States
Founder David Barron
President John Gantt
Website www.iccfoundation.us

The International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) educational foundation based in Washington, D.C. ICCF's stated mission is "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."[1]

The ICCF works with the leadership of the bipartisan U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus (ICC) to educate policymakers on issues that increase the effectiveness of government support for international conservation projects. The organization provides balanced information to Members of Congress through briefings and organizes educational programs by international conservation leaders in the corporate, government, and NGO communities.[2]

Partners[edit]

The ICCF's Conservation Council Partners include:

Controversy[edit]

In an extensive March/April 2013 article in Mother Jones magazine, "The Congressman, the Safari King, and the Woman Who Tried to Look Like a Cat," author Corbin Hiar pointed out appearances of impropriety among ICCF's educational travel to Africa and elsewhere, including evidence that such trips were not properly reported on lobbying reports as required by law.[3][4] The article also spotlights ICCF's unwillingness to take a public stand on global warming, the Lacey Act, or other issues that might threaten economic interests of ICCF's corporate members. In a separate interview, ICCF Founder and former President David Barron was also profiled for his business dealings with African political leadership, including the governments of Nigeria and other states during periods of autocratic or dictatorial governments.

Programs[edit]

U.S. Congressional Briefing Series[edit]

ICCF hosts educational programs with expert presenters on topics coordinated by conservationists' recommendations and concerns. Briefings focus on the direct connection between support of intelligent management of natural resources globally and benefits to U.S. national and economic security. Focal topic areas include oceans, forestry, and agriculture.[5]

Awards[edit]

ICCF offers four major awards:

Oceans Caucus Foundation[edit]

A thematic focus on oceans resource management in ICCF's U.S. Congressional Briefing Series developed into its own program and later a separate 501(c)(3) entity - the Oceans Caucus Foundation - as a means to specifically address the conservation needs of coastal ecosystems, and to focus on preserving and cultivating the economic value oceans have for communities and the global economy.[10]

Conservation Council of Nations[edit]

In May 2011 the ICCF launched the Conservation Council of Nations (CCN) as an international network of conservation-focused public and private sector leaders to foster new conservation caucuses modeled after the U.S. International Conservation Caucus and the education-centric foundations to support these legislative caucuses.

The CCN's mission, as stated on their website, is to build "the world's strongest network of policymakers, corporations, and NGOs to promote the efficient and beneficial use of natural resources and effective transnational conservation solutions, including through its Natural Resource Wealth Management™ program and initiatives."[11]

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