PEOPLE RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.39 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 1081 Century Park East, 24th Floor Los Angeles CA 90087 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
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Focused work that underlines long-term impact with building of local capacity and skills in-country. PRCF have been an extremely effective, small and lean organization that have been an excellent grantee in terms of the professional management of the grants we have awarded them, their impact and their relationships with local communities and local authorities in the countries in which they work.

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Rating: 4 stars  

PRCF Vietnam works in often neglected, highly biodiverse areas that truly benefit from their presence and support. My experience in Ba Be National Park as an intern with PRCF gave me the chance to coordinate household surveys to better understand attitudes and perceptions of the park and to support sustainable fishing management, which are crucial to the ecosystem conservation of the largest natural lake in Vietnam and its surrounding forests. They have remained dedicated to conservation in this region, and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

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

Some

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2009

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Rating: 4 stars  

I first began to have a deeper understanding of conservation and the type of people active in conservation when my daughter Clea became passionately involved in conservation in her teens. (Almost 20 years later she is still as passionate). After coming to live in Vietnam I met similarly dedicated conservationists. One organization's name consistently came up in their discussions as truly dedicated to both conservation and support for minority people. That organization was (and is) PRCF, People Resources and Conservation Foundation. As the years went by I met more people working for and with PRCF and had the opportunity to see first-hand some of the work they were doing in Vietnam. In every case I was struck by their dedication and professionalism. I was honored when invited by PRCF to work with them in my areas of culture development, team building and strategic development. In that role I have had the opportunity to work with PRCF people from several countries. Their dedication and professionalism is shown by their every action and the results they have achieved. They are an exceptional group of people in an exceptional organization.

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been involved with PRCF since 2004. Initially in my free time supporting to develop its biodiversity conservation programme in Vietnam, by developing project ideas, helping write grant proposals and providing technical advice in my fields of expertise. In the past few years I have become more involved regionally, including a scoping visit to the Philippines, involvement in regional strategy workshops and acting as Exec. Secretary to the Board. I am happy to give my free time to PRCF. It is staffed and supported by very committed individuals who put in great energy in response to PRCF's vision and collegial working spirit. The vision of PRCF places strong emphasis in supporting local communities in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, which is both extremely challenging in this region and inspirational.

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I've seen PRCF grown from nothing in Vietnam to now playing a major contribution in relation to similar organisations to conservation of some of Vietnam's exceptional biodiversity. In particular, uniquely PRCF is engaged in the most exciting conservation work I have seen in Vietnam, that is to restore the habitat for a critically endangered gibbon species. In addition, I have also witnessed PRCF develop programmes in Myanmar and Cambodia following Vietnam.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Following a period of expansion, PRCF needs a period to consolidate its current good work; focussing on developing technical capacity through a synthesis of current expertise within the organisation to develop a framework of strong technical protocols and exchange. A stronger funding strategy needs to be developed and a clear vision of PRCF's work articulated to external parties, such as donors and current and potential partners.

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

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

There is a special atmosphere of committed individuals with strong technical expertise and passion for their work, who all believe in the vision of PRCF. This is reinforced with mutual respect among people involved in PRCF. The approach of PRCF lays a strong emphasis in working at the grassroots level to help local communities help themselves.

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1 person found this review helpful

BirdLife International Cambodia Programme has worked with PRCF for several years tying to improve the management of Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia. Via our role under the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund we have also provided a small grant to PRCF. PRCF are professional in the delivery of projects, innovative in their approaches and work closely and develop strong relationships with local civil society organisations.

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PRCF is managed by conservation professionals who are non-paid and simply want to further global conservation goals beyond what they may be doing in their own area of work. As such PRCF is extremely cost effective - delivering maximum impact at the field level at lowest cost. I am based in East Africa, but I am able to use my 20+ years of experience in Asia in guiding work through the PRCF in indochina and Myanmar. Though I now work professionally on forest issues and livelihoods development in Africa, I still participate in the exciting work of PRCF in discovering new species in Myanmar or in managing critical ecosystems in Vietnam. We all benefit.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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PRCF is a relatively small environmental NGO working in several countries in SE Asia focusing on biodiversity, ecosystems, and landscapes of global conservation significance. For me what makes PRCF different to other conservation NGOs is their long term presence on the ground at their field sites and the emphasis on working with remote and often ethnic minority or tribal community groups. I worked for PRCF for just over 1 year in 2006-2007, managing an environmental education project at Ba Be National Park in northern Vietnam. PRCF has maintained a programme at Ba Be for a number of years and works closely with both the park staff and the resident ethnic Tay and Nung minority groups in conserving this very special limestone landscape. Much of their funding for this work comes from the Regional Network for Indigenous Peoples and indeed they facilitated the hosting of a RNIP workshop in 2008 at Ba Be, where ethnic minority leaders and staff of similar projects gathered to discuss rights-based approaches to conservation and development. My fondest memories were of the annual Tay New Year festival where we used to run a stall with environmental education activities for local children - very messy and lots of fun!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Environmental Education, Strengthening Community Ownership and Rights over Natural Resources, Community-based conservation, Endangered Species Research

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am no longer really in a position to comment on this however my impression is that like all smaller sized NGOs PRCF faces difficulties in obtaining the requisite funding to maintain a solid presence in the countries where they work. They are fighting to survive in a very competitive space and their programmes would benefit from greater assured or core funding which would provide a secure base from which to launch their conservation support programmes.

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?

2007

What is unique about this organization?

The way it works on the ground and in partnership with communities towards achieving conservation goals. The organisation promotes a rights-based approach which is as much about preserving the cultures and identity of indigenous groups as it is about biodiversity conservation. PRCF works through traditional natural resource management structures by engaging local communities as genuine partners. A lot of what the organisation does is to try and facilitate the securing of better ownership, tenure and resource use rights for indigenous communities and in so doing build in a conservation or sustainable management agenda. It does this by working hard at the grassroots level and by only focusing on very specific and relatively small target groups. In SE Asia, PRCF is now being brought in by larger and more well-known conservation NGOs (such as Birdlife, Fauna and Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society and others) to perform this role. It is in this sense that PRCF is unique and they perform a vital niche role in the high priority conservation areas in which they work. To me, this is a fundamentally different angle to the approaches still adopted by many conservation organisations and projects.

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We have collaborated with PRCF between 2005 and 2008 on several conservation projects PRCF was implementing in Kalimantan, Indonesia and Ba Be National Park in Vietnam. We found PRCF's work in conservation with indigenous peoples very innovative and empowering to grassroots communities. Their local partners valued highly the technical and scientific assistance which PRCF provided to them. I can attest that the indigenous peoples and their respective communities who have partnered with PRCF over the years have succeeded in implementing their conservation cum anti poverty projects partly because of PRCF's sustained help.

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I haven't worked for People Resources and Conservation Foundation, but I am familiar with their work and projects. Although they are small organization, they have a very strong local presence and this helps them to achieve greater impact. PRCF focuses on involving the remote communities in identifying the best ways to conserve their environment, and very often this means conserving some of the most valuable landscapes or species in the Asia-Pacific region. PRCF staff are important link between local people and global research findings and markets. However, it's not always easy to be present on the ground, as it requires funds and resources. It is therefore very good to share PRCF work with the general public and secure more support to continue their conservation and capacity building work.

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2011

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PRCF’s activities have been directly contributing to the enhancement of conservation effectiveness and livelihood opportunities at the local level. Lessons from PRCF’s community-based conservation and development approach should provide useful information to national and sub-national policy making processes to make conservation policies and practices more effective and sustainable and work for local people. Because of such potential impacts, PRCF deserves more support and funding to expand and intensify its work in Asia and other parts of the world.

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Life-changing

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