THE CHANGEMAKERS RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests

RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests works to amplify the voices of local communities in forest decision-making.

The Changemakers is a video series highlighting RECOFTC training alumni and the actions they are taking to empower local communities to effectively and equitably engage in the sustainable management of forested landscapes in Asia.

This year is RECOFTC's 30th anniversary. Throughout the year, we are celebrating people who are bringing about positive changes for people and forests by highlighting their active involvement in community forestry.

Watch their videos.

Local people hold the key to healthy forests, Lao PDR

Bounchanh Lattanavongkot, Chief Deputy of the Provincial Forest Department in Luang Prabang and Manager of the Luang Prabang Teak Management Office Laos PDR, explains how being part of RECOFTC’s regional learning network has allowed him to promote equity in forest protection and the need to share forestry benefits.

Using participatory approaches to address conflict in Viet Nam

Nguyen Khac Lam, from the Nghe An Forest Protection and Development Fund, uses participatory and bottom up approaches in transforming forest conflict. Over the years, Khac Lam has attended many RECOFTC trainings which have contributed to his ability to effectively manage conflict in forested landscapes in Vietnam.

Teaching participatory approaches to Thailand's future foresters

Dr Rachanee Pothitan, Asst. Professor, Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University, Thailand shares how RECOFTC trainings have helped her grow as a forester and professor, and ensure that the importance of community forestry is passed on to Thailand's next generation of foresters.

Ibu Ida sparks conversations in Indonesia

Kusdamayanti, or Ida, is a trainer at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, in Indonesia. Ida’s learning journey as a trainer transformed her from a conventional lecturer to an experienced participatory facilitator who has enhanced the effectiveness of the Minstry’s training programmes and mobilized local communities to participate in forest management.

We are learning together

Kyaw Htan, a community member from Thayet Kwa village, Myanmar tells us how he has developed his leadership skills and is now developing capacities of more community members in Thayet Kwa village to get involved in forest management.

May we offer our humblest gratitude and thanks to these changemakers - RECOFTC alumni - for helping to shape a brighter future for both people and forests in Asia and the Pacific. Throughout this year, check this page regularly for the latest Changemaker videos.
Are you a RECOFTC alumni? Tell us your story about how you have taken action for community forestry. Contact us at info@recoftc.org


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