ICR is an international non-profit organization (501-C-3), dedicated to the conservation of .tropical rainforests. Founded in 1988, ICR pioneered many concepts in using ecologically sustainable development as a means to conserve rainforests. ICR's strategy fits broadly into the UNESCO's "Man and the Biosphere Program.”
ICR has retained its pioneering position by recognizing that "ecologically sustainable development" needs also to be "economically sustainable." In many tropical countries the preservation of tropical rainforests becomes an "economic burden." And while many conservation programs exist primarily to "carry" this "economic burden," rainforests continue to be converted for economic gains.
ICR recognizes the need to preserve as much of these forests as is possible. One of the economic incentives is demonstration that the rich "genetic bank" contained in the vast biodiversity, can serve future generations. One of ICR's goals is to demonstrate that "saving high species diversity provides future opportunities for economic diversification."
ICR works with governments and entrepreneurs (including forest inhabitants and former poachers) by integrating "economic sustainability" with "ecologically sustainable development" in conserving rainforests. This removes the negative perception of “economic burden” associated with conservation activities. We call this “doing well by doing good.”
In addition to pursuing rainforest preservation, ICR has successfully demonstrated that much larger areas can be conserved through ecologically and economically sustainable development
“A Natural History of Seed Money” U.S. State Department
UNESCO “Courier” Jan. 1989