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

Claude Gascon, PhD
Anne B. Lambert (Managing Director)
John B. McWilliams, QC (Chairman)
Thomas G. Welch (Managing Director)

Michelle Colero, Managing Director, Development
Ariadne Angulo, PhD, Director of Conservation
Barbara Zimmerman, PhD, Kayapo Program Director and Tropical Ecologist
Laurie Havinga, Office Manager
Sarah Jackson, JD, Programs, Research and Legal Associate
Carmen Lishman, MSc, Program Associate
David Agro, Program Associate
Anton Struchkov, MSc, Associate, Program Development

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Jedediah Brodie, PhD, University of British Columbia
Michael de Pencier, MA, LLD, CM, O.ONT, Investeco Capital Corp.; Chairman, Key Publishers Company
Adrian Forsyth, PhD, Blue Moon Fund and Amazon Conservation Association
Daniel H. Janzen, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Robert Pringle, PhD, Princeton University

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

2013 Annual Report (pdf)      (earlier annual reports)
Audited Financial Statements for 2013 (pdf)

Our annual returns our viewable through Canada Revenue Agency.

ICFC, P.O. Box 40, Chester NS B0J 1J0, Canada

Our logo depicts a male long-tailed manakin, as illustrated by Dana Gardner in A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica.

About ICFC

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 — ICFC has (in more than 12 countries):

  • Secured land for permanent protection in private nature reserves;
  • Partnered with the Kayapo indigenous people in Brazil to protect a vast area of the southeastern Amazon;
  • Worked with local communities to protect threatened species and ecosystems and build local support for conserving nature;
  • Created a trust fund to permanently protect Peru's first conservation concession;
  • Developed innovative and highly successful ways of working with pastoral communities in Mali to protect critical habitat for elephants and humans;
  • Initiated a program to protect shorebird populations wintering in Latin America.

Why it matters — The world's natural ecosystems (which know no political boundaries) are vital to Canadians and to people everywhere. Nature conservation is a superb investment, addressing many of our greatest challenges: biodiversity loss; climate change (to which deforestation and forest degradation is a major contributor); deteriorating fish stocks and marine ecosystems; and loss of the hugely valuable ecosystem services that are crucial to our life support systems including water, atmosphere, agriculture, and fisheries.

Also... Nature is beautiful and wondrous and has immense intrinsic value. Surely we have a responsibility to try to prevent human-caused extinctions and the ongoing diminishment of our natural heritage.

How we're different

  1. For the most part, we leave research to others and engage in direct conservation action, basing our work on existing science.
  2. Our model allows us to stay lean and flexible:
    1. We focus on priority conservation1 with good value for money (see our project selection criteria);
    2. We partner with experienced non-governmental organizations based in the areas in which we work, rather than hiring a large Canadian staff.
  3. With our partners, we involve local communities in conservation efforts.
  4. We have an exceptionally long-term focus.
  5. 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 the local community level to the national level.
  6. 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. We encourage our conservation colleagues to do the same.
See also our Frequently Asked Questions.

We appreciate your interest and support. Together, are making a difference!

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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Andean Amazon: Reducing
    development impacts

Argentina: Hooded Grebe
Argentina: Shorebirds, Bahía San Antonio
Bolivia: Barba Azul reserve
Brazil: Kayapo
Colombia: Serranía de Perijá
Costa Rica: ACG
Guatemala: San Isidro
Guatemala: Laguna Grande
Indonesia: Tompotika
Mali: Desert elephants
Peru: Los Amigos
Shorebird Conservation Initiative


Argentina: Pino Paraná


Bolivia: Tacana
Brazil: Abrolhos MPA
Ecuador: Buenaventura
Guatemala: Sierra Caral
Madagascar: Youth & conservation
Mexico: Sierra de Alamos
Sri Lanka: Morningside

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