Selection criteria used by ICFC for our conservation work
We specialize in direct conservation action, rather than research or sustainable development projects with a conservation component. Our projects are based on existing science. Science is vital for conservation and existing conservation organizations and academic scientists are doing useful research. In general, though, conservation action lags behind the science needed to undertake it.
By "direct conservation action" we mean measures that immediately reduce threats to species or ecosystems.
Conservation projects or actions must:
(1) have a good chance of succeeding;
(2) provide lasting conservation gains that are reasonably secure;
(3) represent good value for money;
(4) be focused on measurable outcomes and adaptable as to process;
(5) not have scientific or other research as a primary purpose;
(6) not be sustainable development projects with conservation as a secondary component;
(7) take human interests into consideration, especially those of local communities, and involve local communities and other people, groups, and agencies as appropriate.
Conservation projects or actions may:
(8) involve terrestrial, wetland, freshwater or marine habitats;
(9) include an educational component if that is likely to result in conservation benefits;
(10) involve purchase of land as a nature reserve, provided that legal protections and remedies are in place that ensure ICFC has long-term control over its continued protection;
(11) entail providing long-term finance through a conservation trust fund, provided that ICFC has a proportionate degree of control (e.g. through representation on the fund board);
(12) involve payments for ecosystem services, including carbon credits projects or financing.
We welcome input from people knowledgeable about conservation.
We generally work with local partner NGOs, who carry out project activities through an agency agreement. Canadian charity regulations restrict us from making grants or donations to foreign organizations. We sometimes collaborate with peer international conservation organizations, especially on land acquisitions (in such cases, a local partner NGO is still involved). [>] Info for prospective partners.