International Conservation Chiefs Academy External Affairs


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


2019 International Conservation Chiefs Academy

August 25, 2019 - September 6, 2019
September 15, 2019 - September 27, 2019

2019 ICCA Alumni Event

November 19, 2019 - November 21, 2019

What's New - ICCA 2018

In March 2018 we welcome welcomed 7 nations from Southeast Asia. View photos from the March 2018 ICCA event.

In September 2018 we welcomed 8 national from Africa. View photos from September 2018 ICCA. (coming soon)


Fighting Wildlife Crime - Interviews with the people fighting wildlife crime around the world.

Video screenshot of Brian Christy's interview
Brian Christy
Video screenshot of Shelly Hammonds's interview
Shelly Hammonds
Video screenshot of Fyson Suwedi's interview
Fyson Suwedi
Video screenshot of Fominyam Njoh Christopher's interview
Fominyam Njoh Christopher
Video screenshot of Julius Cheptei's interview
Julius Cheptei

Event Photos

NACLEC and ICCA participants attending National Geographic forum. Credit: USFWS Participants from the National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chief’s (NACLEC) and International Conservation Chiefs Academy (ICCA) attended a forum on the illegal wildlife trade, called Stories from the Frontline, led by Nat Geo journalist Bryan Christy at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on September 13, 2016.

NACLEC and ICCA participants on Interior Building roof.  Credit: USFWSEighty participants from the National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chief’s (NACLEC) and International Conservation Chiefs Academy (ICCA) got a bird’s eye view of Washington from the roof of the Interior Building.


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.


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 2019 agenda?

Download August 25 - September 6 Agenda.

Download September 15 - September 27 Agenda.


What is the ICCA Alumni Event?

The ICCA Alumni Event will bring 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. (More information to come)


What are the fees for Visa Services?

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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)