PRCF is a small organization comprised of nationals from host country programs and international specialists. We promote conservation of biological diversity through the direct involvement of stakeholder communities while promoting self-sufficient and sustainable livelihoods.
Our biodiversity conservation programs target highly endangered species in their habitats. We also work on sustainable livelihood programs, particularly aimed at rural people living adjacent to protected areas, remnant forests, and degraded lands. Through our activities, we foster the potential to sustain the natural environment while upholding the cultural and social identity of rural communities.
Strong community participation, combined with PRCF’s long-term experience and technical capacities, enables us to develop and carry out innovative, site-specific management strategies. The result is projects that involve, empower, and benefit local stakeholders, while promoting the conservation of biological resources.
PRCF seeks its mandate through four strategic priorities:
- Conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem functions
- Sustainable management and use of natural resources
- Community-based conservation initiatives
- Cultural arts revitalization and ethnic minority livelihoods
Areas of interest
Within the above strategic priorities, PRCF presently hols the following interests:
- Research to support conservation of globally threatened and poorly known species
- Improve local community management of natural resources and critical habitats
- Community-based approaches for conservation management that support local livelihoods
- Institutional development of local community-based and civil society organizations
- Innovative funding mechanisms to support biodiversity conservation
- Mitigate threats to biodiversity, including risks posed by climate change
- Improve environmental awareness among natural resource users through advocacy and outreach
- Encourage community self-reliance, revitalize ancestral cultural arts, and strengthen ethnic identities