• Organization TypeImplementing NGO
  • Staff6-25
  • Development BudgetLess than 1 Million
  • HeadquartersUnited States
  • Founded1995

People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF)

The People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF) is a non-profit, non-government, and non-membership organization that promotes conservation, protection, and wise use of natural resources with sound social and economic development. PRCF works with rural populations in developing countries, particularly with communities living adjacent to protected areas, remnant forests, and degraded lands and grasslands. 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. What They Do PRCF is a small organization comprised of nationals of host country programs and international specialists. They coordinate development initiatives between government and large, international non-governmental organizations. Being small, PRCF remains responsive, innovative, and flexible in our efforts to support existing institutions, such as government agencies, and civil society groups and organizations. They strive to build a network of contacts to leverage support from diverse sources to achieve shared goals. Their biodiversity conservation programs target mostly highly endangered species in and around their diminishing habitats. They also focus on sustainable livelihood programs, particularly aimed at rural people living adjacent to protected areas, remnant forests, and degraded lands. Through their conservation and development activities, they foster the potential to sustain the natural environment while upholding the cultural and social identity of rural communities. PRCF programs encourage local people to preserve their self-respect and identity, while improving their prospects for sustainable livelihoods. PRCF maintains that the participation of local people will determine the success of nature conservation and community development programs. Local people are strongly encouraged to be involved in all aspects of PRCF projects, including surveys, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. This community participation, combined with PRCF’s long-term experience and technical capacities, enables PRCF to develop and implement innovative, site-specific management strategies. The result is projects that involve, empower, and benefit local stakeholders, while promoting the conservation of biological resources. Areas of Interest Research that supports the conservation of globally threatened and poorly known species Improve local community management of natural resources and critical habitats Community-based approaches for conservation management that support local livelihoods Support the institutional development of local community-based organizations and civil society organizations Promote innovative funding mechanisms to support biodiversity conservation, such as payments for environmental services Mitigate threats to biodiversity, including risks posed by climate change Improve environmental awareness among natural resource users through advocacy and outreach Encourage community self-reliance, revitalize ancestral cultural arts, and strengthen ethnic identities Working with local communities PRCF stakeholders realize that local communities are integral to the success of nature conservation and community development programs. They therefore advocate community participation and environmental conservation in its natural resource management program. Activities that change the cultural identity or social structure of local populations or negatively affect the natural environment are rejected and discouraged. Through its field programs, PRCF motivates local people to preserve and enhance their traditional self-respect and identity. Communities are encouraged to be active and responsible in all development activities. This includes participation of stakeholders in needs assessment, planning, implementation, and progress monitoring. To reinforce this participation premise, active members in PRCF community development programs are regarded as “project owners”. Collectively, they share the responsibility of all 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. Mode of Operation PRCF works as a federation of country programs that initiates member organizations in host countries. Eventually these members will become independent non-governmental organizations in the country of operation. The longer-term objective is that qualified nationals will manage and administer these organizations. A shared vision of PRCF Federation is local biodiversity management that supports ecosystem functions and enables a sustained form of resource use. Local, self-reliant communities with stable cultural identities and socioeconomic conditions promote this vision. We also provide technical 
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Staff at People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF) have experience in

Sectors

  • development
  • biodiversity
  • climate change
  • forestry
  • economic policy

Countries

  • indonesia
  • madagascar
  • liberia
  • laos
  • united states

Skills

  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

Experience

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Market Research
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Education
Reproductive Health
Logistics / Supplies
Water Policy
Monitoring / Evaluation
Personnel / Human Resources

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Company Offices

  • United States (headquarters)
  • Los Angeles
  • 1732 North Harvard Blvd. No. 209