We envision many opportunities for partner nations to interact with the best environmental NGOs and multinational corporations interested in conservation and sustainability through market-oriented solutions. Member nations will bring their own ideas and expertise to the collaboration, facilitating development of consensus on critical issues of conservation and natural resource management.
The Conservation Council of Nations will target countries in developing nations to assist in forming conservation caucuses within their legislatures, guided by the model of the U.S. House and Senate ICCs and the ICCs forming in other countries. The new ICCs will be encouraged to draw participants from all parties represented in the legislature. To fuel the educational field mission component of mentoring, ICCF will partner with NGOs conducting conservation work on the ground in key countries.
Additionally, we envision an ever-expanding network of policy-makers based on the development of personal friendships, mentorships, and cooperative endeavors. Many U.S. Representatives and Senators are involved in inter-parliamentary mentorship. Active ICC mentors include Representatives in leading positions on the House Africa Subcommittee, Asia Subcommittee, Natural Resources Committee, and Appropriations Committee. These ICC members are highly responsive to ICCF requests to meet with visiting diplomats, and also host foreign delegations and request resources for formal missions. ICC mentors will engage in productive dialogue with U.S. Presidential Administration officials, including Cabinet Secretaries, ambassadors, and top officials of GEF, the World Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and other international organizations, as well as leaders of NGOs and corporations partnering with ICCF. We shall encourage our counterparts in parliaments of Conservation Council of Nations partner countries to undertake similar levels of cooperation from their respective governments.