Our Mission

To advance the long-term preservation of nature and biodiversity in the tropics and other priority areas worldwide.

What we do

  • Secure land for permanent protection in private nature reserves;
  • Partner with the Kayapo indigenous people in Brazil to protect a vast area of the southeastern Amazon;
  • Work with local communities to protect threatened species and ecosystems and build local support for conserving nature;
  • Take action to protect marine ecosystems from illegal destructive fishing practices;
  • Pioneer highly successful ways of working with pastoral communities in Mali to protect critical habitat for elephants and humans;
  • Reduce threats to shorebird populations wintering in Latin America and Asia;
  • Maintain a trust fund to permanently protect Peru's first conservation concession;
  • Improve actions to address and reduce deforestation in the Andean Amazon based on advanced near real-time monitoring.

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What sets us apart

  • Direct conservation action to protect natural ecosystems and reduce threats.
  • Staying lean and flexible:
    • We partner with experienced non-governmental organizations based in the areas where we work.
    • We focus on conservation priorities1 with good value in relation to cost and risk (see our project selection criteria);
  • We involve local communities in conservation efforts.
  • Our work is science based. We also try to base it on a sound understanding of the human element, socioeconomic and political, from local communities to the national level.
  • Transparency: We disclose the cost of each of our programs and who our partners and co-funders are.

Awards and recognition

ICFC was the top ranked conservation charity in Canada in the Financial Post’s 2017 charity ratings. Our Mali Elephant Project was awarded the prestigious Equator Prize in 2017 by the United Nations.  Our project in Cambodia received the National Geographic Society’s Marine Protection Prize.  Project personnel have received the Disney Conservation Hero Award (Nomba Ganamé) and the Whitley Award (Carlos Vasquez Almazan).


1   What makes a conservation priority?  Key considerations are: vulnerability (species and ecological communities that are rare or have small ranges, as many do in the tropics); species richness/biodiversity; existing threats; and knowing what actions are needed and that they are feasible and cost-effective.

Our Advantage

A core group of donors supports all administrative costs and will continue to do so as we grow.
This means that support from other donors goes entirely to programs.

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