About Us

Founding Members

Founding members
Conservación y Desarrollo

Conservation and Development (CyD) is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental citizen's group, with headquarters in Quito, Ecuador. Its volunteer and paid staff include biologists, engineers, and lawyers. The group collaborates with government agencies and the private sector to promote sustainable development and the rational use of natural resources, and to raise public consciousness about resource management. CyD focuses on agriculture, ecotourism, and community-based projects. They work with several international organizations and are working with the government of Ecuador to develop a national policy for sustainable agricultural production.

Interamerican Foundation of Tropical Research

(Fundación Interamericana de Investigación Tropical, FIIT)

Interamerican Foundation of Tropical Research (FIIT) is a nonprofit research and environmental organization in Guatemala. It seeks mutually beneficial links between conservation and business to make both more sustainable. For more than six years, FIIT biologists studied the effects on biodiversity of different management regimes in coffee plantations. FIIT works with communities to improve the quality of life through environmental education, sustainable agriculture, hunting regulations, and the development of eco-friendly micro-businesses.

Fundación Natura Colombia


This nonprofit organization works with government agencies to support and enlarge the national park system, with communities to improve management of natural resources, and with companies to reduce environmental impacts. Fundacion Natura has conservation projects in several different regions of Colombia, including the Chocó region of the Pacific Coast, the eastern cordillera of the Andes and the Colombian Amazon. Fundación Natura also conducts ecological research and develops conservation strategies.

Institute for Cooperation and Self-Development

(Instituto para la Cooperación y Autodesarrollo, ICADE)

Based in Honduras, the Self-Development and Cooperation Institute (Spanish acronym ICADE) works to alleviate poverty by providing housing, credit and job training among several other environmental and social welfare services. In 18 years of hard work with key sectors, small and medium-sized farmers and civil society, ICADE has generated a commitment to sustainable development in Honduras through the implementation of different programs and projects. Today, ICADE works in various areas with farmers and local communities to protect natural resources and protected natural areas.

Institute for Agricultural and Forestry Management and Certification



Institute for Agricultural and Forestry Management and Certification (Imaflora) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit association founded with the objective of promoting sustainable development through good forestry and agricultural management. Imaflora employs techniques such as certification, applied research, and public policy advocacy. Imaflora's main activities are the development of guidelines for certification of timber, non-timber, and agricultural products.

ProNatura Sur 


ProNatura Sur, a leading conservation group in southern Mexico, strives to protect cultural and biological diversity in a state that has record numbers of both. The group manages protected areas, conducts research, and helps indigenous peoples improve their farming and sustainably manage forest resources, such as bromeliads, which are used in religious ceremonies. As part of the Sustainable Agriculture Network, Pronatura Chiapas is working with coffee farmers around the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve.

Rainforest Alliance 

United States

Established in 1986, the Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests for the benefit of the global community. It develops and promotes economically viable and socially desirable alternatives to the destruction of tropical forests -- an endangered, biologically diverse natural resource. The Rainforest Alliance pursues its mission through education, research in the social and natural sciences, and cooperative partnerships with businesses, governments, and local peoples. The Rainforest Alliance has offices around the world.


El Salvador

SalvaNATURA is an environmental organization founded in El Salvador in 1990. Its mission is to contribute to environmental conservation and climate change adaptation in order to achieve sustainable development and improve the quality of life for the people of El Salvador and the Mesoamerican region. One of its main priorities is the conservation and management of natural areas, particularly in the national parks El Imposible and Los Volcanes. This is achieved through collaborative agreements with the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry. Thanks to the innovative partnership with the Rainforest Alliance and the SAN, SalvaNatura implements a sustainable agriculture program for coffee, avocado, sugarcane and jocote fruit producers and provides certification auditing services to hundreds of farms and processors of a variety of agricultural products.