Participation of local communities in all aspects of PRCF conservation and development work is imbedded within the core values of the organization. PRCF promotes involvement of stakeholder communities in planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of projects and programs, thus creating ownership of initiatives by strengthening the role of local people in results adoption and adaptation leading to sustainability.
Two types of community conservation management
We recognize and promote two specific types of community involvement in conservation management:
- Collaborative Management – whereby local people work together with protected area authorities towards biodiversity conservation and management. The ultimate decision makers are however the government officials concerned
- Co-Management – whereby local communities are equal partners in the decision-making process, and thus community and government stakeholders jointly make decisions regarding management of the resources.
PRCF believes that these two management approaches can lead to strong, transparent, and proper conservation management, bolstering the effectiveness and sustainability of biodiversity conservation efforts.