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The International Conservation Corps harnesses the vast potential of this readily available human capital to provide on-the-ground solutions.


Veteran conservation professionals are hand selected to transfer the knowledge, experience, and best practices needed by partner nations to address host-country priority conservation needs. The International Conservation Corps selects from an elite class of skilled workers to form the most effective volunteer mechanism for international assistance.

The International Conservation Corps fills a gap in conservation efforts and complements CCN’s global network of legislators which collaborates and exchanges best practices and solutions for conservation policies. CCN creates opportunities for legislators and International Conservation Corps leaders to develop solutions to address natural resource management and the policies that will best support protected area systems.

Volunteers are retirees from the following governmental agencies & organizations:

  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Retirees Association
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Center
  • The Elders Council for Parks
  • Global Parks
  • National Association of Forest Service Retirees
  • U.S. National Park Service
  • Public Lands Foundation


The Need

There is a tremendous lack of institutional capacity in developing nations needed to effectively manage their natural resources. This capacity gap leads to the deterioration of biodiversity, water, fisheries, and forests, thereby constraining the potential for sustainable economic development for future generations.

To protect their most important natural assets, nations have placed large amounts of territory into public lands such as national parks, both terrestrial and aquatic, but most lack the capacity needed to manage them well.

Ever-increasing pressures from the continuous growth in human populations and consumption make it imperative to help overcome this global management deficit to ensure that economic benefits perpetually convey from ecosystems to the forestry, fish, and wildlife sectors, the tourism industry, and agribusiness.


Addressing the Need

Our work is essential for the effective management of biodiversity, water, fisheries, and forests which are sources of environmental security, beauty, cultural heritage, and sustainable wealth for current and future generations.

The International Conservation Corps exports Canada and the U.S.’s immense knowledge and experience in protected area and natural resource management to developing countries to increase their human and institutional capacity to effectively manage their natural resources.

Through partnerships with North American conservation agencies, their corresponding retiree organizations, and CCN's corporate and NGO partners, the International Conservation Corps organizes and exports carefully selected and highly skilled teams of experts to work directly with developing country government officials and NGO partners to design protected area systems; to build up the managerial capacity to maintain the systems; and to transfer and adapt the best practices developed in the U.S. and elsewhere.

U.S. and Canadian conservation agencies have long realized the potential of expanding their mission beyond borders to stabilize the natural resource supplies in regions key to their interests, but have lacked the funding to properly sustain international programs. The International Conservation Corps has the systemic capacity to channel the experience and talent of these respective agencies and retired experts to meet the specific needs of partner nations and provide the necessary funding and in-country political support through the Conservation Council of Nations.


On-going Projects

COLOMBIA
The International Conservation Corps team has been working with the National Parks of Colombia for the past year to provide technical support for the evaluation and reformulation of the PAI. In this project they work to help strengthen the capacity of national parks, particularly related to the management of tourism.

KENYA
The International Conservation Corps team has been supporting the Naibunga Conservancy to improve grasslands for elephants and other wildlife. Additionally they work to strengthen the ranger corps, and improve sources of fresh water for Maasai communities and wildlife.

THAILAND
The International Conservation Corps are committed to supporting the Amata Foundation and Thailand’s national park system, specifically Khao Yai Thailand’s premier national park. As progress is made Khao Yai will be used as a regional learning platform for the rest of the country.

CHINA
Supporting the Paulson Institute’s work in China, the International Conservation Corps working to establish a national park service and strengthen the resiliency of coastal wetlands.

BAHAMAS
The International Conservation Corps supports the government of the Bahamas on a large four-year project to strengthen the capacity to manage forest resources.

JAMAICA
Supporting the development of business plans for several important national parks in order to help make the parks financially independent

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