IFCNR (International Foundation of the Conservation of Natural Resources) is a private, non-profit 501 (c ) (3) foundation created by the late Stephen S. Boynton in 1995. It seeks rational and sustainable solutions for the problems plaguing the Earth’s natural resources: its plants, animals (including humans dwelling on land and in aquatic eco-systems), forests, land, water and air.
Since its creation IFCNR has been recognized by and participated in activities of FAO, UNEP, COFI, CITES, CBD, IWC and more national and international regulatory agencies.
IFCNR differs from many NGOs in that it holds no preconceived bias against human interaction with the environment including global trade in nature’s resources. In fact, IFCNR sees enlightened commerce in those resources as key to their conservation and preservation. IFCNR’s motto that humankind is “part of nature; not apart from nature” embodies that concept.
IFCNR’s strategy for conserving nature’s resources is based on three principles: environmental sustainability, social justice, and having needed environmental and social reforms underwritten by profits generated by industries involved in environmentally sound trade in those resources.
IFCNR acknowledges the hand of man and the quest for profits are behind much of the damage done to the environment. IFCNR also acknowledges that if solutions are to be found to halt, repair and prevent future such environmental damage and to institute real and effective conservation of the earth’s resources, it is imperative to address the social concerns of humans sharing residence with those resources.
IFCNR (International Foundation of the Conservation of Natural Resources) continues to examine each issue without bias and provide objective analysis in clear, straightforward language. IFCNR’s conclusions will be simple and the truth. They may agree with or oppose positions held by governments, regulatory agencies, industries, corporations and NGOs alike. They will always support the environment and the animals as well as social justice for humankind. They will always condemn pollution, environmental destruction, and hypocrisy no matter the source.
Koji Fusa is recognized worldwide for his involvement in the creation of sustainable, ethical solutions to environmental and humanitarian problems affecting how to increase the global food supply, protect the oceans and encourage sound economic development in emerging nations such as Myanmar. Mr. Fusa is respected for his pioneering and innovative approach to international finance and received numerous honors for his work in Japan and the United Kingdom. He is cofounder, chief operating officer and director of numerous successful investment ventures. Currently, Mr. Fusa is focused on agriculture and aquaculture projects throughout Asia that provide real solutions to environmental and social problems currently plaguing fisheries, farmed seafood, and land-based crops throughout the region and the globe. Mr. Fusa is an author, columnist and highly sought speaker on economic and social conditions in Asia. A partial list of academic institutions that invited him to speak include the University of California (HAAS School), Columbia, the London Business School, Hong Kong University and Harvard.
John P. Keyes has a deep seated and active interest in the environment, the oceans and how technology can lead to more efficient and sustainable protein and healthcare sources. He spent 16 years in the energy field holding technical, operational and management positions with one of the world’s leading energy companies. Mr. Keyes expertise and credibility in international energy, investment negotiations, business strategy and sustainable resources led to his becoming an advisor to a multinational company specializing in energy, construction, infrastructure development, healthcare, industrial services, information technologies, logistics, real estate and global investing. Mr. Keyes currently runs a privately held investment management company.
Dr. Aberson is an accomplished health practitioner and financial resource expert. His interest in health and nutrition led to his involvement in the future of aquaculture technology and its place within the environment. His belief that Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology can and will play a significant role sourcing quality marine protein, improving the world's oceans by diminishing overfishing and bycatch waste, and becoming a sound financial profit center led to his full time involvement in sustainable aquaculture development. Dr. Aberson graduated from Northwestern College of Iowa and Palmer College of Chiropractic. He was past president of the NW Iowa Chiropractic Society. He served as president of the O'Brien County Conservation Board with operational oversight of the Prairie Heritage Center. Dr. Aberson provided X-ray equipment to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for use in wildlife forensic investigations.
Dr. De La Cruz is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A and has been a senior pastor for 28 years. He is now the senior pastor of Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Paullina, Iowa. Dr. De La Cruz earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University and a Master of Divinity Degree, and Doctor of Ministry Degree in Urban Studies from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Presently, he is 15 credits shy of earning a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Stephen White Berry is Operations Director for Global Blue Technologies - Cameron LLC. Mr. White Berry brings added expertise in seafood sales and purchasing derived from his background within the food industry. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute, he was a head chef and sous chef at numerous restaurants in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. This background combined with his mastery of profit-and-loss dealings with resource marketing and use adds a practical consumer-oriented point of view to IFCNR's analysis of environmental issues. Mr. White Berry also has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland and is a member of the Pi Gamma Mu honor society.
Stephen LaPointe is an internationally respected certified public accountant and founder of LaPointe and Company PC, a certified public accounting and management-consulting firm. Mr. LaPointe is responsible for financial, tax and consulting engagements for his firm's clients involved in a diversity of industries throughout the United States of America, Central and South America and Europe. His experience includes forming and directing international organizations in both profit and not-for-profit arenas. Mr. LaPointe is an alumnus of George Washington University and graduated from Benjamin Franklin University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Accounting.
Richard J. Feldman is an attorney, author, individual and civil rights advocate, and highly sought after media commentator. He brings a vast knowledge of the legal, legislative and political processes at a multiplicity of venues: state legislatures, Congress and the United Nations. Mr. Feldman has worked in the fields of law enforcement, defense, public and private safety, and alternative energy sources. Mr. Feldman was head of a number of organizations advocating a range of interests from youth sports to a class of small privately owned businesses. Mr. Feldman also served as Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
John D. Aquilino, Jr. is IFCNR's executive director. He is a writer/researcher and has written extensively on environmental issues for the past twenty years. He is a former journalist/photographer. He was Director of Public Education for the National Rifle Association concentrating on public and family safety, law enforcement training, and Constitutional rights. Under his leadership, NRA enjoyed its highest level of media and public approval and credibility. Mr. Aquilino graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.