The ICCF and our partners are continually analyzing past work and its outcomes for ways to better apply our resources. We look for hotspots in need of special attention, whose ecosystem services and biodiversity are important for long-lasting wellbeing and economic growth.
In the next few months, we will be pulling together the resources and individuals to operate interparliamentary conservation discussion at an unprecedented scale. In May of 2011, we launched the Conservation Council of Nations, a 45 nation member organization - and growing - organized to guide developing nations to use natural resources sustainably, and to
integrate conservation into their long-term economic development.
We have also set into motion our new sister organization - the Oceans Caucus Foundation (OCF) - which will operate alongside
the International Conservation Caucus Foundation to educate Members of Congress about oceans conservation issues, in the same bipartisan manner we have instituted for years. We created the OCF to give special attention to marine and coastal ecosystems, and the essential value they provide to sustaining our lives and livelihood.
The ICCF is beginning a period of tremendous growth: in the spread of our network, in the range of our education material as we expand into support of the Oceans Caucus, and our capacity to directly put hands to work on important conservation projects.
We are very excited about the opportunities these areas will provide to our cause and our partners, who will see a marked enhancement in their ability to communicate the gravity of their research and work to other concerned parties.
The ICCF would like to thank all those who are a part of our education network and who continue to help us export U.S.
leadership in conservation policy. We look forward to working with you in 2012.