The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC)
RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests is an international not-for-profit organization with a vision of local communities actively managing forests in Asia and the Pacific to ensure optimal social, economic, and environmental benefits. It advocates for the increased involvement of local communities living in and around forests - some 450 million people in Asia-Pacific - in the equitable and ecologically sustainable management of forest landscapes. The Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC) opened in Bangkok, Thailand, in March 1987 with support from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Government of Switzerland (through the Asian Development Bank), and Thailand's Kasetsart University.
RECOFTC's five thematic programs aim to realize community forestry's potential. They are built upon our Guiding Principles of strong and clear rights, good governance, and fair benefits for forest dwellers.
Securing Community Forestry
RECOFTC's core work involves helping countries develop and implement effective policies, legislation, and programs to set up community forestry.
Enhancing Livelihoods and Markets
Community forestry can help secure and strengthen the livelihoods of millions of the region's poorest people.
People, forests and climate change
The ultimate solution to human-induced climate change is a low-carbon global economy, but that will take decades. In the meantime, protecting forests is an immediate action we can take to minimize the severity of climate change and prepare for unavoidable impacts.
Transforming forest conflict
In the Asia-Pacific region, poor forest governance, scarcity of resources, and historic injustices continue to cause socially destructive forest conflicts, which threaten sustainability efforts.
Social inclusion and gender equity
Women’s empowerment is key to the sustainable management of forests and RECOFTC is mainstreaming gender perspectives in its policies and programmes.See more