International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI)
Formed in 2009 immediately after COP-15 in Copenhagen, ICCI is a network of senior policy experts and researchers working with governments and organizations to create, shape and implement initiatives designed to preserve as much of the Earth’s cryosphere as possible. ICCI programs target the unique climate dynamics at work in the cryosphere, while at the same time lending increased urgency to global climate efforts aimed at CO2 and other greenhouse gases by communicating the unexpected rapidity and global implications of cryosphere warming.
ICCI’s directors and policy experts – the latter entirely volunteer – comprise its primary resource. As former management-level civil servants, ICCI directors fully understand the challenges facing even the most committed national and international leaders. Policy advice and support for governments and NGOs on a new yet important issue such as the cryosphere has never proven more essential. ICCI quietly is working to fill that gap, with the urgency the cryosphere deserves.
ICCI currently operates as two legal entities: ICCI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States that operates as the global organization and is based in Burlington, Vermont; and ICCI-Europe, a charitable organization under Swedish regulation based in Stockholm, Sweden.