About People Resources and Conservation Foundation
People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF) is a non-profit, non-government, and non-membership organization. We promote conservation, protection, and wise use of natural resources with sound social and economic development. PRCF works with rural people in developing countries, particularly with communities living next to protected areas, remnant forests, and degraded lands.
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To conserve biodiversity, ecosystem services, and local cultural identities through participatory solutions that protect and promote the wise use of natural resources, support socioeconomic development of communities, and enable effective adaptation to climate change.
Working with local communities
PRCF stakeholders realize that local communities are integral to the success of nature conservation and community development programs. We therefore advocate community participation and environmental conservation in its natural resource management program. Activities that change the cultural identity or social structure of local populations or negatively affect the natural environment are rejected and discouraged.
Through its field programs, PRCF motivates local people to preserve and enhance their traditional self-respect and identity. Communities are encouraged to be active and responsible in all development activities. This includes participation of stakeholders in needs assessment, planning, implementation, and progress monitoring. To reinforce this participation premise, active members in PRCF community development programs are regarded as ‘project owners’. Collectively, they share the responsibility of all labor inputs and most of the materials needed to complete their projects. PRCF provides technical assistance through training and extension, and facilitates initial funds to purchase project materials and establish village-level institutions.
Mode of Operation
PRCF works as a federation of country programs that initiates member organizations in host countries. Eventually these members will become independent non-governmental organizations in the country of operation. The longer-term objective is that qualified nationals will manage and administer these organizations. A shared vision of PRCF Federation is local biodiversity management that supports ecosystem functions and enables a sustained form of resource use. Local, self-reliant communities with stable cultural identities and socioeconomic conditions promote this vision. We also provide technical advice and financial support to members of the PRCF Federation. Members share PRCF insignia, philosophy, vision, and mission statement.