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.