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Meaningful Giving. Inspired Change: Environmental Conservation

ICF has been involved in the most important marine conservation and habitat conservation projects of the past 15 years in the Baja California peninsula and Sea of Cortez region. We will continue to focus on high-priority sites in coastal, marine, and terrestrial areas of high biodiversity and native species, as well as migratory corridors for whales, sharks, and sea turtles.

In addition, ICF has tackled tough issues like clean air and groundwater in coastal communities throughout the region. We will continue our work in urban mobility, air quality, land-use zoning, and large-scale infrastructure projects.

Putting Your Dollars to Work: Special initiatives

Laguna San Ignacio Conservation Alliance

In 2005, ICF, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Pronatura Noroeste A.C. and Wildcoast/Costasalvaje joined forces with local communities to form the Laguna San Ignacio Conservation Alliance. The goal of the Alliance is to provide permanent protection for Laguna San Ignacio and its gray whales through protecting key lands, promoting sustainable economic development, and monitoring and removing threats. If you would like to experience the magic of petting a whale in this beautiful place with us, please contact for information. Download the LSI Fund Fact Sheet!

Emerging Sustainable Cities-La Paz

As the state capital, commercial hub, and tourism center, La Paz is growing fast and struggling to deliver basic services, create employment opportunities, and protect the local environment. In 2011, ICF worked with the Municipality of La Paz and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to include La Paz in the first cohort of cities in IDB’s new “Emerging Sustainable Cities” initiative. Since that time, diagnostics have been carried out to measure environmental sustainability and climate change, urban development, and fiscal sustainability and governance. Action plans are now being developed to address these issues in La Paz. Meet Lucia Frausto, Executive Director of Como Vamos La Paz or read here to Learn more

Waterkeepers of Baja California Fund

The Waterkeepers of Baja California Fund supports a regional collaborative of ten individuals (Waterkeepers) positioned at local organizations working throughout the Baja peninsula to organize efforts around clean water and healthy communities. Collectively, the Baja Waterkeepers monitor over 75 watersheds and coastal areas of the Baja Peninsula. In addition to publishing these results, the Waterkeepers also build resilience in their communities by leading workshops, beach cleanups, youth leadership programs, and illegal fishing surveillance. Strengthening their work helps to shape future environmental policy and behavior in this incredibly biologically diverse region. Watch and learn more about their work from Hector Trinidad, the Loreto Coastkeeper, and Margarita Diaz, the Tijuana Waterkeeper.

In February 2017, ICF and other partners of the Baja Waterkeepers kicked off a fundraising campaign to secure $500,000 to sustain the operations, programs, and advocacy work of our 10 Baja Waterkeepers for the next 3 years!  Download the Fact Sheet or Donate here!

Cabo Pulmo/East Cape Growth Assessment

The East Cape of Baja California Sur, Mexico is experiencing development pressure from large-scale and small-scale tourism projects, which bring unplanned and informal population growth to the surrounding areas. This growth can have social and environmental consequences that are not typically measured by traditional project approval processes. ICF commissioned this research in 2014 to estimate the potential financial costs and required services for these new residents. Read the report here.



In FY2018, ICF contributed over $5.41 million in support of environmental programs, including water quality monitoring, marine conservation and habitat conservation initiatives.

Oceanides Conservacion y Desarrollo Marina, A.C.:

$15,000 for a baseline study needed for conservation and management actions for Cuiver’s Beaked Whales of Guadalupe Island, Mexico.

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos (CDF):

$120,000 for characterization of the ecosystem services provided by mangrove forests, ecological monitoring and climate change research, and supporting native land birds from invasive species in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (Galapagos).

Proyecto Fronterizo de Educación Ambiental (PFEA):

$25,000 for water quality monitoring in Tijuana.

Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C. (COBI):

$83,700 to strengthen fishing cooperatives and networks of no-take zones in Quintana Roo, México.

Colorado River Delta Water Fund:

$66,218 to support the restoration of the Colorado River Delta.

Pelagios Kakunjá, A.C:

$40,000 for marine protected areas and shark conservation in Cabo Pulmo.

Help Make A Difference

ICF has been involved in the most important conservation projects of the past 15 years. We will continue to focus on high-priority coastal sites in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora and the Sinaloa-Jalisco coastal corridor. You can be a part of the solution when you donate to ICF.

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