International Conservation Chiefs Academy External Affairs


"Strengthening Global Law Enforcement Relationships to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking"


2021 Virtual - International Conservation Chiefs Academy
"Lusophony Countries"
"Africa and South America"

June 16, 2021 – Introductions & Technical vs Adaptive Challenges
June 21 – July 2, 2021 – Virtual ICCA

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2021 Virtual – International Conservation Chiefs Academy

Lusophony Countries in Africa and South America

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Office of Law Enforcement (OLE), Branch of Training and Inspection (BTI) Virtual International Conservation Chiefs Academy (V-ICCA) will open with participant introductions and a review of the technical and adaptive leadership challenges being faced by the continents of Africa and South America as it relates to illegal wildlife trafficking. This initial review will be the foundation for the V-ICCA that will be conducted June 21-July 2, 2021. The USFWS, OLE, BTI, normally conducts the ICCA training missions annually at our National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. However, due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the USFWS has decided to present this entire program virtually in an online setting.

This conservation leadership program gives participants access to hundreds of conservation law enforcement leaders around the globe, USFWS Attaches to assist in investigations, the ICCA graduates are eligible to attend in person alumni everts and the graduates are recognized to participate in law enforcement exchange programs as a part of an international instructor program.

The V-ICCA will be delivered virtually utilizing blended delivery; combining instructor led (synchronous) daily modules with independent (asynchronous) content on the web via the USFWS learning management system. A typical day will consist of two (2) 2.0-hour synchronous training sessions with a thirty-minute break between the sessions. The program will also include approximately one hour of asynchronous work that will enhance the learning objectives presented that day or in preparation for topics presented during the next day. The students will be required to participate in approximately four hours of training each weekday for the two weeks. The online instruction will be presented Mondays through Fridays only.

Based on the various time zones associated with the African and South American countries along with the USFWS staff and coaches, training will be scheduled to begin at 6:00 a.m. eastern standard time (EST) with instructor led, synchronous training, a break will be at 8:00-8:30 a.m. EST, and the second session of synchronous training will begin at 8:30 and end at 10:30 a.m. EST. See Time Zone Breakdown Below.

2021 Virtual - International Conservation Chiefs Academy – Alumni Event

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) in the United States invite the International Conservation Chiefs Academy (ICCA) graduates to attend the Virtual ICCA Alumni (V-ICCA-A) event from March 16-18, 2021. The event is three days in length with instruction provided by subject matter experts from the USFWS and the National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs (NACLEC).

This event reconnects participants from the two week specialized course designed to strengthen global law enforcement relationships to combat illegal wildlife trafficking. Emphasis will be placed on creating a shared understanding of the illegal wildlife trafficking problem globally, strengthening individual and international relationships, and building adaptive leadership capacity. The ICCA Alumni event will focus on additional adaptive leadership training, identifying areas of success and weaknesses in participants ability to work on their individual adaptive challenges, and hold to the purpose of the ICCA. The ICCA Alumni event is intended to be a student-centered program with a high degree of student involvement.

6:00 – 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time – Session One Each Day

7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Brazil and Paraguay

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern African Time

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central African Time

11:00 – 1:00 p.m. Western African Time

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time – Break

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Brazil and Paraguay

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern African Time

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central African Time

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Western African Time

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time – Session Two Each Day

10:30 – 12:30 p.m. Brazil and Paraguay

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Eastern African Time

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Central African Time

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Western African Time

V-ICCA South America Countries

      • Angola (5 students)
      • Brazil (5 students)
      • Eswatini (5 students)
      • Mozambique (5 students)
      • Paraguay (5 students)

*Presentations and Discussions will be in English and Portuguese

Important Dates to Remember

      • V-ICCA Lusophony Countries in Africa and South America – Introductions, Technical vs Adaptive Challenges – June 16, 2021
      • V-ICCA Lusophony Countries in Africa and South America Training – June 21-July 2, 2021

ICCA 2019

International Conservation Chiefs Academy August 26-September 6, 2019 group photo

ICCA South Asia 2019 - Cohort 5

International Conservation Chiefs Academy September 16-September 27, 2019 group photoICCA Central America 2019 - Cohort 6
ICCA 2019 Alumni group photo

ICCA Alumni Event 2019 Cape Town, South Africa

Wildlife Office Exchange group photo

Wildlife Office Exchange



Cohort 6 - Thoughts on wildlife trafficking, the environment, and leadership (coming soon)

Video screenshot of Lyndon Rodney's interview
Lyndon Rodney
Video screenshot of Mercedes Valdez's interview
Mercedes Valdez
Video screenshot of Gustavo Induni's interview
Gustavo Induni
Video screenshot of Carolina Cordero's interview
Carolina Cordero
Video screenshot of Osvaldo Rosas' interview
Osvaldo Rosas

Cohort 6 - NACLEC Send Off (coming soon)

Video screenshot of 2019 ICCA NACLEC Sendoff

Cohort 1 - Interviews with the people fighting wildlife crime around the world

Event Photos

September 2018. View Photos.

March 2018. View photos.

September 2017. View Photos.

September 2016. View Photos.


What is the International Conservation Chiefs Academy?

The International Conservation Chiefs Academy (ICCA) brings together 40 leaders of conservation law enforcement agencies from around the world in an effort to build collaborative capacity between international conservation law enforcement agencies. Funding for the ICCA is provided by the Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Assistant Director, Office of Law Enforcement will host the ICCA at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs (NACLEC) in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement will provide the instruction and facilitate participation. The ICCA is being designed in support of the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking.


Who are key staff and presenters?

The ICCA is staffed by the USFWS Branch of Training and Inspection, including fulltime staff dedicated to the program, and the NACLEC. Instruction is provided by experts in the fields of conservation law enforcement and leadership. Presenters come from the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, USFWS, State Conservation Agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Click here to see key staff and past presenters.


Where is the training being held?

The training will be held at the National Conservation Training Center, frequently referred to as NCTC, which is located just 60 miles or just over 1 hour outside the Washington DC metropolitan beltway. NCTC is part of the Shepherdstown, West Virginia community also known for the nearby state college just down the road. The location is closest to the Washington Dulles International Airport, but there is access to the Baltimore/Washington International and Reagan National (DC) Airports. While at the academy participants stay at NCTC which will also provide all meals. For more info see:


What is on the 2021 agenda?

Download April 14 - April 28, 2021 Agenda.

September 15 - 29, 2021 Agenda. (coming soon)


What is the ICCA Alumni Event?

The ICCA Alumni Event brings together ICCA alumni to reinforce the commitment to maintaining the relationships needed to beat the network of poachers of our worlds valuable resources, provide a refresher on adaptive leadership and explore some of the successes and challenges the participants have had since their experience at the FWS training facility in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. In November 2019, the USFWS hosted the first ICCA Alumni Event in Cape Town, South Africa.


What is the Wildlife Officer Exchange (WOE)?

In partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the Department of the Interiors International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP) facilitates job-shadowing exchanges between U.S. and overseas law enforcement personnel who have participated in qualifying conservation law enforcement leadership programs. Past participants have been ICCA alumni and NACLEC Leadership Academy graduates. Click here for WOE Program Overview.


What are the fees for Visa Services?

For more information visit:


While in D.C.

Aerial view of the National Mall, Washington, D.C. Credit: Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.The ICCA will travel to Washington, DC. While there, participants will attend meetings at the U.S. Department of Interior buildings, will have a walking tour of the National Mall, and have a special event planned for the afternoon. Washington, named after the first President of the United States and a “founding father” of our Constitution—George Washington—is the capital of the United States and located along the Potomac River on the country’s east coast. The city was founded in 1791 and has an estimated population of 672,000, but swells to over 1,000,000 during the workweek. It is home to all three branches of the federal government—the legislative, judicial and executive branches. It houses many monuments and museums which are primarily situated on or around the National Mall.

The funding for the ICCA is a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)