PEOPLE RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.39 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 255 Ivyhurst Circle Amherst NY 14226 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: Highlights of our 17 year history include: - Supporting women weavers in West Kalimantan to form the JMM Cooperative, with our partners Kobus Foundation and Yayasan Swadaya Dian Khatulistiwa (YSDK). The cooperative, whose name translates to “weavers go independent”, has over 930 members and provides an income for marginalized, Dayak women through the sales of traditional weaving. - Discovering new groups of globally threatened primate species: Francois’ Langur and Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey in Vietnam. The PRCF is currently setting up innovative, community-based conservation activities aiming to protect these primates while creating awareness and conservation-based economic opportunities for the surrounding communities. - Placing local people on Protected Area Management Boards in Vietnam, an unprecedented act in this country. Fair representation now exists on the board from all of the communities living within and in the immediate surroundings of the protected area. - Identifying the second most important site, globally, for the critically endangered White-shouldered Ibis. Information about this rare, enigmatic bird was limited, making conservation planning for the species difficult. By supporting the most significant ibis census in Cambodia, led by local nationals, targeted activities can be implemented towards its protection. - Discovering a new primate species to science: the Burmese Snub-nosed Monkey, with our partners Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA) and Fauna & Flora International (FFI).
Target demographics: Rural ethnic minorities living within landscapes holding protected forest areas, and degraded forestlands and grasslands
Geographic areas served: At present the Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam
Programs: Strategic Priorities - Conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem functions - Sustainable management and use of natural resources - Community-based conservation approaches - Cultural arts revitalization and ethnic minorities

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Rating: 3 stars  

I have worked as an internship for PRCF in Vietnam. With me, that period of time was precious. I was able to learn new concepts and skills related to environment. Besides, I realize that PRCF is a wonderful organization which operates for the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainability of the environment. Their innovative approach - ccollaboration with local community proved efficient in conservation of wildlife. I think that if PRCF has more and more funding, they will strongly develop and contribute to protecting environment and wildlife.

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Rating: 5 stars  

People Resource Conservation Fund ( PRCF) , an Conservation NGO working to strengthening the local communities to manage their natural resources.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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A lot

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2010

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Rating: 4 stars  

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I worked directly with the organisation in a community-based gibbon conservation project in northeastern Viet Nam in 2005 and 2006. At that time PRCF had a small office but impressively with dedicated and professional staff, both international and local, in biology, species conservation, forestry management, community based rural planning and development. PRCF was our project’s partner conducting an initial resource use assessment and socio-economic study landscape of our eastern black-crested gibbon conservation area in the Tay and Nung ethnic communities of Cao Bang province. What was unique in PRCF’s approach to conservation was its commitment and strong actions in developing local expertise by collaborating with local universities and research institutes, supporting local researchers and encouraging participation of local communities in all aspects of its work.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

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A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I volunteered for PRCF - Vietnam in 2007-2008 while working on my Masters thesis on Civil Society in Vietnam. I became interested in this organization because of my passion for wildlife conservation and community development in the developing world. PRCF gave me the opportunity to work at Ba Be National Park, located in a very remote region of Northern Vietnam. I was able to witness a simpler way of living where the locals villages live off the land and their limited natural resources. I can say this was one of the most rewarding experiences in my lifetime. I got involved in an environmental education project that raised awareness among village school children of their natural environment. In one activity, we organized a local children's painting contest and the winners' pieces were printed into a calendar and t-shirts. I found this made positive impact and the children were gratified to see that there was an importance to their work. We also raised awareness for the protection of the Francois' langur by helping the community understand the importance of this endangered species and to curb their current practices of poaching these animals. PRCF is a growing organization that has strong conservation values and a devoted team of people. I enjoyed my time as a volunteer and would recommend it for anyone that is adventurous, resourceful, adaptable and has a strong passion for the environmental sustainability in the less developed areas of the world.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Working as an artist with PRCF, it was truely wonderful to be able to have that hands on experience with local people, which meant so much more when I then worked from afar for PRCF. Their role, which so often uses simple approaches, causes great wonderful impact upon local people.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have been working with PRCF as part time conservation project office in Cambodia to conserve threatened birds and environment. The programme is so very useful and help full for conservation. Staff work very closely with the nature and fund have been use wisely and carefully 80 to 85% of entitle funding come strait to conserve the nature at this field. Staff willing to work with no office and old equipments with highly commitment with conservation.

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Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

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Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

In Vietnam, PRCF is working with local people and authorities in biodiversity conservation. PRCF's staff are professional, dynamic and committed to work in the field. PRCF are contributing to conservation of endangered species of Vietnam.

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Quite well

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Some

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Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently spent 3 months (Dec 2011 - March 2012) working with the PRCF staff shooting a documentary about their conservation efforts with Francois' Langurs in North Vietnam. I found everybody connected with this project to be very dedicated to educating the local communities about Francois' Langur conservation, and in general helping local communities cope with their environmental problems. Without PRCF's conservation work in this area, the 80 or so remaining individual members of this leaf eating monkey species in Vietnam, would have very little chance of survival.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

PRCF is serious about people-centered biodiversity conservation. Their approach is hybrid of sorts -- part international organization specialized expertise and part local organization with knowledgeable and committed national staff. The activities PCRF supports and the unique geographical areas served represent some of the more difficult conservation challenges we face: critically endangered species; complex challenges to sustainable landscapes; and economic marginalization due to ethnic trends and poverty cycles. PCRF is making a difference in the communities and countries that is serves. I am certain they would welcome your support, advise and volunteered contributions.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been working with PRCF for over three years. It is a great organization which focusses mostly on grassroot level conservation and capacity building. Together we have successfully established a community forest in Karen State, Burma and trained the villagers who are currently conserving the forest on their own. We also conjoinlty produced a hoolock gibbon status survey in Khe Shor Ter Forest, Burma by using the pro-people method. Summarized, I guarantee that this organization has genuine capacity and desire to work with all stakeholders for the purpose of pro-people natural conservation.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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