The India-Canada Environment Facility (ICEF) was established in 1993, following the signing of the MoU between the Government of India and the Government of Canada. ICEF operates as a registered society. It is managed jointly by representatives from the Governments of India and Canada.

    Indian organisations/institutions working in the environment sector, both Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Government agencies and in certain cases, private sector firms, may apply to ICEF for a grant to implement a project consistent with the specific priorities and criteria set out by ICEF.

    The primary focus of ICEF is to develop natural resource and environmental managerial capacity within government, NGO/community organisations, and the private sector as the basis for addressing specific natural resource and environmental problems in the water and energy sectors in India.

The ICEF mandate is to:-

Enhance the capacity of Indian private and public sector organisations to undertake environmentally sustainable development and management of energy and water/land resources

Provide support for programmes which specifically address the interrelationship between poverty and environmental degradation, especially as it affects women.

Provide support for public awareness of environmental issues, community participation and for community based management of energy, land and water resources.

    Four "capacity-building" objectives are used to guide ICEF activities ( which include several cross-cutting objectives such as poverty alleviation and gender equity):

      Institutional Development: establishing or strengthening institutions for addressing specific resource management issues in the water and energy sectors, particularly where there is a need for community –based management of common property resources and improved management skills in government and non-government organisations.

    Conservation and Restoration: undertaking specific physical activities, excluding major infrastructure investment, which will redress particular environmental degradation problems and which demonstrate desirable resource and environmental management practices with potential replication in other parts of India and for long-term sustainability.

    Policy and National Dialogue: providing analysis and discussion which will have an impact on national and state policies and related legislation and regulations, and which will heighten public awareness of the issues and alternatives, contribute to professional development, and disseminate good resource and environmental management practices.

    Technology Adoption: Undertaking activities related to adoption and dissemination of pollution abatement, energy technologies, including technical support, training, market development and some limited capital cost contribution, where it will stimulate economically viable, socially accepted, and sustained use of these technologies.

    ICEF’s current priorities for future projects are in the water quality and energy sectors.

    ICEF is particularly supportive of applications that can demonstrate: community participation in the planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; direct environment benefits through physical improvements; a promising or innovative approach to an existing issues; an integrated resource management approach to the issue.