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Who We Are

People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF) is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit, non-governmental organization. Our mission is the conservation of  biodiversity working with local communities through the wise use of natural resources that support socioeconomic development and enable nature to flourish.

PRCF works as a federation of country programs that initiates member organizations in host countries. Our goal is that member organizations will eventually become independent NGOs in the country of operation, with qualified nationals in charge of their management and administration, following the example of Yayasan PRCF Indonesia. We also work closely with national organisations to support them deliver their conservation and livelihood goals.

Our programs share a set of common core values:


Working With Local Communities

We understand that close involvement and willing participation of local communities are integral to the success of nature conservation and community development programs.

Through our field programs, PRCF motivates local people to preserve and enhance their traditional self-respect and identity. We encourage communities to be active and responsible in all conservation and development activities, including participation in needs assessments, planning, implementation, and monitoring.

To reinforce this participation premise, active members in PRCF programs are regarded as ‘project owners’. Collectively, they share the responsibility of 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.


Our Beginnings

The People’s Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF) was established in 1995 by two dedicated conservation professionals.

Our activities initiated in Indonesia, where our founding members supported a rural water project in the remote village of Nanga Juoi in West Kalimantan. We thereafter continued our work with the villagers to support several of their endeavors to become economically self-sufficient through agroforestry measures that included fishponds, chicken enclosures, and village-produced fish feed pellets.

This program helped the village with running water in the degrading landscape, and helped reduce the negative impact of the villagers on surrounding protected forests of Bukit Baka – Bukit Raya National Park, of specific benefit to several endangered species, including the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and Agile Gibbon (Hylobates agilis).

PRCF has grown steadily since the initial project at Nanga Juoi, and has carried out projects in Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam, with programs in the pipeline for Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh.


Donors And Partners

Collaboration and partnership run through all aspects of our work. From the support of our donors to the local communities who do the direct work on the ground, and including other national and international NGOs, government departments, scientists and many more, without whom our shared acheivements would not have been possible.

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