The Center for People and Forests – RECOFTC holds a unique and important place in the world of forestry. It is the only international not-for-profit organization that specializes in capacity building for community forestry and devolved forest management. With 30 years of international experience and a dynamic approach to capacity development — involving research, analysis and synthesis, strategic communication, training and learning networks; and piloting and demonstrating — the Center for People and Forests delivers innovative solutions for people and forests.
In recent years, the organization has established Country Programs in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Indonesia, with its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. The Center’s work focuses its programmatic activities to develop capacities for community forestry at all levels through its interlinked thematic focuses – securing community forestry; enhancing livelihoods and markets; people, forests and climate change; and transforming forest conflict. The Center for People and Forests’ current five year Strategic Plan (2013-18) will be coming to an end in September 2018, and therefore the Center is now in the process of developing a new strategic plan for 2018-23.
In Indonesia, the Center for People and Forests – RECOFTC has been engaged to build the capacity of village (community) forestry stakeholders for last two decades primarily through capacity development programs and strategic engagement with key partners and stakeholders. The Center has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ministry of Forestry and Environment. In recent years, the Center for People and Forests Indonesia Country Program has implemented a number of projects, cutting across our key thematic areas.