Our Mission

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

About ICFC

ICFC is Canada's leading charity for conserving nature in the tropics and other priority areas worldwide. ICFC was the top ranked conservation charity in the Financial Post charity ratings for 2017.

Tropical ecosystems are home to a stunning array of plants and animals, and provide additional global benefits including climate regulation, carbon storage, water regulation and the generation of rainfall on an intercontinental scale. Canada's migratory species depend on tropical regions for wintering and migratory habitat. More than a billion people depend on tropical forests for their livelihoods. Yet nature is most under threat and most under-funded in tropical and low-income countries. This is where we work.

Interested in the big picture?  Read about the Nature Needs Half movement.

Founded in 2007, ICFC is a registered Canadian charity (Charitable Registration # 85247 8189 RR0001).

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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;
  • Maintain a trust fund to permanently protect Peru's first conservation concession;
  • Pioneer highly successful ways of working with pastoral communities in Mali to protect critical habitat for elephants and humans;
  • Support parataxonomists at a national park in Costa Rica that is a world model for landscape-scale conservation involving local communities;
  • Reduce threats to shorebird populations wintering in Latin America and Asia;
  • Avert large-scale impacts to natural ecosystems from resource and infrastructure development by providing information and expertise in support of current best practices.

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How we work: the ICFC difference

  • 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 in which we work.
    • We focus on conservation priorities1 with good value for money (see our project selection criteria);
  • With our partners, 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.

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

In addition to our highly successful business model, ICFC has the advantage that a core group of donors supports all management and administration 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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