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Tropical ecosystems are home to a stunning array of biological diversity. Tropical forests influence climate and weather systems on an intercontinental scale, store vast amounts of carbon and provide other vital ecosystem services. Canada's migratory species (birds, whales, sea turtles, and Monarch butterflies among them) depend on tropical regions for wintering and migratory habitat. Yet nature is most under threat and most under-funded in tropical and low-income countries. This is where we work.

ICFC is the first and only Canadian charity to focus solely on conserving nature in the highly biodiverse tropics and other priority areas worldwide.1, 2

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;
  • Avert large-scale impacts to natural ecosystems from resource and infrastructure development by providing information and expertise in support of current best practices.

How we work:  the ICFC difference

  1. We take direct conservation action to protect natural ecosystems and reduce threats.
  2. We are lean and flexible:
    1. We partner with experienced non-governmental organizations based in the areas in which we work, rather than hiring a large Canadian staff.
    2. We focus on priority conservation1 with good value for money (see our project selection criteria);
  3. With our partners, we involve local communities in conservation efforts.
  4. As with other conservation organizations, 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.
  5. Charities should be at least as transparent as public companies. We disclose the cost of each of our programs, ICFC's share, and who our partners and co-funders are.

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Our mission:

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

© Cristina Mittermeier

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 donors goes entirely to programs.

© Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund

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

2014 Annual Report (pdf)      (earlier annual reports)
Audited Financial Statements for 2014 (pdf)

Our annual returns our viewable through Canada Revenue Agency.

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. (The funding gap for conservation is greatest in developing countries, so there is no shortage of opportunities and dollars go far there.)

2   Several other Canadian charities undertake limited conservation-related work internationally. These include:

  • Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada, a volunteer run group that supports the work of the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia.
  • COTERC, which runs a field station in Costa Rica;
  • the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, which does wildlife research, education and conservation, with programs focussing on great apes and local communities in central and east Africa, as well as a "Roots and Shoots" program for Canadian youth. In the five years ending June 2012, spending outside Canada averaged $437,367 per year (42% of total expenditures);
  • Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (Canada) is a volunteer-run Canadian charity that supports the work of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, raising a total of C$3.7 million from its inception in 2005 through 2014;
  • Nature Canada, which collaborates on "conservation and development" programs (some predominantly development) in Latin America and the Caribbean, mostly with CIDA funding. In the five years ending March 2012, spending outside Canada averaged $255,027 per year (9% of total expenditures);
  • the Tropical Conservancy, which publishes the quarterly Biodiversity;
  • Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, which works mainly in Canada, but has been active in the USA, Laos, Africa and Latin America. In the five years ending March 2012, spending outside Canada averaged $141,261 per year (9% of total expenditures);
  • WildAid Canada raises support for WildAid International, whose programs counter the multi-billion dollar international trade in wildlife products.
  • World Fisheries Trust, "dedicated to the equitable and sustainable use and conservation of aquatic biodiversity" within Canada and around the world;
  • WWF-Canada, whose programs are mostly carried out within Canada, but which has collarborated in Russia, Norway, Africa, Cuba and elsewhere. In the five years ending June 2012, spending outside Canada averaged $1,054,945 per year (4.6% of total expenditures).
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