From the Congo Basin Forest Partnership to 2014

In the early 2000s, while participating in field missions to Africa organized by the ICCF leadership, U.S. Members of Congress observed the impact American-supported conservation programs had on democratic and economic development in the region. From their profound experiences emerged the Congressional Leadership and will that gave birth to the Congo Basin Forest Partnership, which leveraged an initial U.S. commitment of $75 million over five years into approximately $300 million in partnership funding.


Fall 2003

19 representatives led by U.S. Representatives E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (R-FL), John Tanner (D-TN), Ed Royce (R-CA), and Tom Udall (D-NM), establish the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus (ICC) as a non-partisan forum for Members of Congress who share the conviction that the United States has "the obligation, and the interests to advance the conservation of natural resources globally for this and future generations."


2004

Four leading U.S.-based conservation NGOs - CI, TNC, WCS, and WWF - form the International Conservation Partnership (ICP) to raise awareness about the opportunities for U.S. leadership in conservation globally.


2005

Encouraged by the House ICC, Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) form the Senate ICC, assuming leadership as its Co-Chairmen.


2006

Inspired by the ICP and designed to serve the leadership of the two Congressional ICCs, ICCF is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization with David Barron as ICCF President. ICP becomes the Advisory Council of ICCF.


2009

ICCF incorporates its Sister Organization, the Conservation Council of Nations as a foundation with the mission of encouraging and supporting caucuses in parliaments and congresses throughout the world.


2011

19 representatives led by U.S. Representatives E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (R-FL), John Tanner (D-TN), Ed Royce (R-CA), and Tom Udall (D-NM), establish the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus (ICC) as a non-partisan forum for Members of Congress who share the conviction that the United States has "the obligation, and the interests to advance the conservation of natural resources globally for this and future generations."


2012

ICCF launches the Oceans Caucus Foundation to support the leadership of the U.S. Congressional Ocean Caucuses.


Fall 2003

ICCF Colombia and ICCF Kenya are incorporated as 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization in Bogotá, DC and Nairobi to support the Colombian Conservation Caucus (CCC) and the Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (PCC-K) respectively.

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