The National Committee for the Defense of Flora and Fauna (CODEFF) (founded in 1968) is Chile's oldest non-governmental environmental organization. CODEFF joined FoEI in 1990, and today has more than 4000 members throughout Chile. Its mission is to promote nature and environmental conservation, and achieve sustainable development that reconciles the need for improved living standards with conservation of Chile's natural resources. The foundation of FoE Chile’s work is research, education and dissemination of information, and grassroots participation by citizens. At the national and regional levels, CODEFF runs programs which include Forestry, Biodiversity, Environmental Education, Communications, Legislation, and Membership and Volunteers.