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Scott and Patricia’s Excellent Adventure in Patagonia

March 25, 2017 — Here is ICFC's Director of Bird Conservation's blog on his travels in Patagonia in December 2016: Only when one flies in a Triple Seven from North America to South America does one fully appreciate what our long-distance migrants accomplish with only the force of their small wings... Read more

Whale shark death lamented in Cambodia

February 13, 2017 — The conservation impact of illegal fishing has again made news in Cambodia.   The Cambodia Daily carried a photo of a grinning fisherman astride an endangered whale shark before its fins were cut off and it was returned to the water.  The article quotes Paul Ferber,... Read more

Tracking Mali’s desert elephants: a firsthand account

January 27, 2017 — Imagine tracking elephants through the arid region near Timbuktu with your senses primed not just for elephants but for poachers and Islamic militants.  In a recent blog Nigel Kuhn describes the experience in words and images, and movingly conveys the awe felt by the team when encountering... Read more

Study warns of looming risk of primate extinctions

January 19, 2017  —  An in-depth review of the global status of primates (Science Advances, Jan. 18, 2017) has revealed that mankind’s closed relatives are in serious trouble.  The study found that about 75% of the 504 non-human primate species have declining populations and about 60% are officially threatened (at risk of... Read more

ICFC’s partner in marine conservation in Cambodia receives media attention

January 5, 2017 — Paul Ferber, a marine conservationist who founded the local NGO Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC), is the subject of an Associated Press story published in the San Francisco Chronicle.  Titled "British conservationist fights to save seashorses in Cambodia" the article is a good primer on ICFC's intrepid... Read more

Nomba Ganamé Receives Disney Conservation Hero Award

The WILD Foundation and International Conservation Fund of Canada announced today that Nomba Ganamé, field manager of the Mali Elephant Project, has been honored with a Conservation Hero Award from the Disney Conservation Fund. The award recognizes local citizens for their commitment to reversing the decline of wildlife and... Read more

Forest conservation could make huge contribution in countering climate change: study

December 11, 2015 — As world leaders finalize agreements and commitments at the November 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, an initial report (see pdf) produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Wide Fund (WWF) and Climate Advisers and released today highlights the significant potential of targeted forest conservation and... Read more

How much room for nature?

August 26, 2015 — Famed Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson calls for setting aside half the world for nature, and cites Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (which ICFC supports) in Costa Rica as an model for integrating local people into protected areas as environmental educators, managers and rangers. Others have independently put forward... Read more

The human asteroid: Sixth mass extinction underway

June 19, 2015 — If there was any doubt about this before, a recent study has provided further evidence that we have entered a period of mass extinction — the sixth in the Earth's history. Gerardo Ceballos, from Universidad Autónoma de México, and colleagues published a paper... Read more

Protected areas worldwide: a report card

February 15, 2015 — An article soon to be published in Conservation Letters, a journal of the Society for Conservation Biology, takes stock of what countries have actually achieved relative to their commitment to conserve at least 17% of terrestrial and 10% of marine environments through ecologically representative protected areas (PAs). The commitment, made... Read more

Argentina — Newly declared Patagonia National Park to protect the hooded grebe

December 20, 2014 — Thanks to the work of Aves Argentina and (ICFC partner) Ambiente Sur, a new national park was recently declared that will protect the core breeding population of the Critically Endangered hooded grebe, Podiceps gallardoi, on the Buenos Aires Plateau in Argentina's Santa Cruz province. Field work is... Read more

Window on Kayapo life, deep in the Amazon

December 8, 2014 — Few of us will have the opportunity to make the long journey (and get the necessary permits) to visit a remote Kayapo community in the Brazilian Amazon. But PURE Energies, a generous supporter of the Kayapo Conservation Program, has just returned from such a journey. Check out this... Read more

Dr. Allan Baker

November 25, 2014 — We at ICFC were deeply saddened by the news of Allan Baker's death on 20 November 2014 at the age of 71. Allan was Senior Curator of Ornithology and head of the Department of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum. He was a Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union,... Read more

Art exhibit of portraits aids Kayapo program

November 15, 2014 — On November 13th, Terrin Art in Toronto held its "Kayapo Guardians of the Rain Forest Exhibition" with ten original paintings by Belgian artist Peter Terrin, from which the gallery is generously donating half the proceeds in support of ICFC's Kayapo conservation program. Thank you, Peter Terrin! Read more

New reserve in western highlands of Guatemala protects threatened amphibians

ICFC is proud to announce the creation of the new Amphibian Conservation Reserve of San Isidro in the Western Highlands of Guatemala! Together with local partner FUNDAECO, Global Wildlife Conservation, Rainforest Trust, World Land Trust, and the Amphibian Survival Alliance, ICFC supported the acquisition of a 922-hectare property that will... Read more

A Kayapo leader’s visit to Toronto

January 28, 2014 — Born into a remote Amazonian tribe with no contact with the outside world, Grand Chief Megaron departed his Amazonian home to brave the winter in North America and meet with partners and supporters who are helping the Kayapo protect their lands. The Kayapo represent a built-in protection force... Read more

Kayapo cover story in National Geographic!

December 23, 2013 — ICFC's flagship program receives world attention through a cover story ("Defenders of the Amazon") on the Kayapo in the January 2014 issue of National Geographic. And see the online companion article, Rain Forest Warriors: How Indigenous Tribes Protect the Amazon by ICFC's Barbara Zimmerman. Read more

The Economist Special Report on Biodiversity

September 14, 2013 — In a 16-page special report, The Economist sees an improving outlook for biodiversity in the developed world, and argues the same can be expected from the developing world as continued economic growth reduces poverty and halts population growth. It warns, however, that conditions are still deteriorating in most... Read more

WILD10: ICFC at the World Wilderness Congress

October 12, 2013 — ICFC staff gave presentations to hundreds of conservation professionals from around the world this October at the tenth World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain. Susan Canney, Director of the Mali Elephant Project, presented on Community Conservation During Rebellion, War, and Global Terrorism, and Barbara Zimmerman, Director of the... Read more

Brazil — Kayapo surveillance victory: Goldminers expelled

August 22, 2013 — The northern Kayapo came down hard this summer on illegal gold-mining in their territory. Forty-six warriors with logistical support from their association, ICFC partner Instituto Kabu, left the frontier town of Novo Progresso on July 24th with the objective of expelling goldminers operating in Bau (Kayapo) Indigenous Territory.... Read more

Highlights from the BirdLife International World Congress, Ottawa, June 19-22, 2013

July 16, 2013 — Along with conservationists from 122 countries, ICFC attended the BirdLife International (BLI) World Congress in Ottawa recently. Held every five years, the event allows BLI partners (ICFC is not a partner, but some of our field partners are) and other participants an opportunity to compare notes and learn from... Read more

New maps identify global conservation priorities

July, 2013 — A chief aim of conservation is prevention of extinctions and, more broadly, the preservation of biological diversity. Because species are very unevenly distributed across landscapes and seascapes, scientists have looked to see where species are concentrated in order to prioritize conservation efforts. A new study published in the... Read more

Mali—Elephant conservation hinders recruitment of young men to armed groups

April, 2013 — Sometimes unintended consequences are positive. In 2012 the Gourma region in which ICFC and WILD Foundation are working to conserve the "desert elephants of Mali" was beset by Tuareg rebel activity and occupation by armed Islamists. Mali government personnel withdrew. Our project had strong local leadership on the ground... Read more

Bruce Babbitt addresses ICFC gathering in Toronto

November 14, 2012 — At a November reception in Toronto, ICFC welcomed as speaker Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior in the Clinton Administration and former governor of Arizona. Mr. Babbitt is an active conservationist and director of ICFC partner Amazon Conservation Association (ACA). Synopsis of Bruce Babbitt's... Read more

Peru — Reserve becomes more crucial for “uncontacted indigenous people”

March, 2012 — The 146,000-hectare Los Amigos Conservation Concession (LACC) protects a trackless wilderness of diverse old-growth Amazonian forest from the threats of illegal logging, road development and gold mining. Strategically located at the mouth of the Los Amigos River, it also protects a much larger and even more remote area... Read more

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