RECOFTC's support of community forestry in Asia and the Pacific during its Strategic Plan 2013-2018 has been made possible by four core donors and many project donors.


Supporting RECOFTC with core funding since 2006, the Norwegian Government contributed first through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and currently does so through Norad. In addition to core funds, Norad also supports the Grassroots Capacity Building Program for REDD+ in the Asia-Pacific Region project; community forestry program support for Myanmar; a project on REDD+ and the carbon market for communities and forest conservation in Tanzania; the REDD-Net Project through the Overseas Development Institute; the development of an FPIC Training Manual; and a community-based coastal resources management network project through Mangroves for the Future.

SDC has been a key supporter of RECOFTC since its establishment in 1987 and remained a core donor till 2008. SDC continued to support various capacity building projects thereafter including for REDD+ and the institutional development of the ASEAN Social Forestry network (ASFN). They currently support the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) where RECOFTC is a key implementing partner.  As of July 2012, SDC has renewed its commitment as core donor, with an emphasis on supporting the Asia-Pacific region through the promotion of community forestry in tackling challenges from climate change and water scarcity.

Jointly responsible for sowing the seeds for RECOFTC's establishment, Sida has actively supported RECOFTC since 1997 through project funding. In 2004, Sida became a core fund donor and has continued to support community forestry as a means of poverty reduction, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and enhancing rights and livelihoods.

The Royal Thai Government has provided continued support for the establishment, operations, and annual funding of projects in Thailand with a special focus on promoting sustainable community forestry management for climate change adaptation and mitigation.  It does so through the Office of the Higher Education Commission of the Ministry of Education and Kasetsart University.  Kasetsart University has been also crucial to RECOFTC’s establishment and daily operations as it supports RECOFTC with needed infrastructure and the land on which the RECOFTC Headquarters has been built.


Donors and thematic areas

The table below summarizes the thematic areas to which our donors currently contribute.

DonorsSecuring Community ForestryPeople, Forests, and Climate ChangeTransforming Forest ConflictEnhancing Livelihoods and MarketsOrganizational
Norwegian Agency
for Development
Cooperation (Norad)

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)


Swedish International
Development Cooperation
Agency (Sida)

Office of the Higher Education Commission,
Ministry of Education,
Royal Thai Government

Kasetsart University

European Union (EU)


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) 

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)


Ministry of Environment of Cambodia




Ministry of the
Environment of Japan



Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland   

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway

Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) 


United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 



Australian Government (TNC RAFT)   

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 

Royal Norwegian Embassy, Myanmar


The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Lao 











































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