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Review for People Resources and Conservation Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
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.
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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.