Founded in 2007, ICFC is a registered Canadian charity (Charitable Registration # 85247 8189
Claude Gascon, PhD
Anne B. Lambert (Managing Director)
John B. McWilliams, QC (Chairman)
Thomas G. Welch (Managing Director)
Barbara Zimmerman, PhD,
Kayapo Program Director and Tropical Ecologist
Laurie Havinga, Office Manager
Sarah Jackson, JD, Programs, Research and Legal
Carmen Lishman, MSc, Associate
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To advance the long-term preservation of nature and biodiversity in the tropics and other
priority areas by:
(1) furthering the protection of natural ecosystems;
while seeking ways to involve local communities.
(2) countering degradation of natural ecosystems;
(3) promoting the restoration or recovery of
Annual reports: (pdf)
— 2012 Annual
— 2011 Annual
— 2010 Annual
— 2009 Annual
Our annual returns our viewable through Canada Revenue Agency.
P.O. Box 40
Chester NS B0J 1J0
Our logo depicts a male long-tailed manakin, as illustrated by Dana
Gardner in A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica.
The International Conservation Fund of Canada is the first Canadian charity to focus solely on
conserving nature in the tropics and other priority areas worldwide.1
Threats to wild
nature are greatest in the tropics and in low-income nations —
countries that have the least financial means to
address conservation needs. Our work is focused there.
Canadians and people everywhere benefit from the conservation of natural ecosystems. Nature
conservation is a superb investment, addressing many of our greatest challenges:
climate change (to which deforestation and forest degradation is a major contributor), rapid extinction
of species (the rate is accelerating), deteriorating fish stocks and marine ecosystems worldwide,
and loss of the hugely valuable ecosystem services provided by
areas, with resulting impacts of degraded agricultural land, flooding, droughts and desertification. We
also believe that our species has a moral imperative to curtail our ongoing
destruction of the natural world and to avoid species extinctions.
How we're different
- Our model allows us to stay lean and flexible:
- We look for the best opportunities to achieve lasting conservation gains: priority conservation
with good value for money.
- We partner with experienced non-governmental organizations based in the areas in which we
work, rather than hiring a large (and costly) Canadian staff.
- For the most part, we leave research to others and engage in direct conservation action to
protect ecosystems, species and wilderness.
- Our selection criteria for the work we undertake are distinct from
those of many conservation organizations.
- We have an exceptionally long-term focus. This includes being open to providing long-term
finance for conservation.
- 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.
- With our partners, we seek to involve local communities in conservation efforts, and have
done so successfully with our projects in Brazil, Costa Rica, Mali, Indonesia, and Guatemala.
- We believe charities should be at least as transparent as public companies. We disclose the cost
of our programs, ICFC's share of the project's total cost, and who our partners and co-funders are.
We encourage other conservation organizations to do the same.
See also our Frequently Asked Questions
We appreciate your interest and support. Together, Canadians can make a positive difference.
1 Several other Canadian charities
undertake limited conservation-related work internationally. These include:
- 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
- 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);
- World Fisheries Trust, "dedicated to the
equitable and sustainable use and conservation of aquatic biodiversity" within Canada and around the
- 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
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