The RRI Coalition is formed by a group of 13 core Partners who work in areas of their regional and thematic expertise. Below is a list of current RRI Partners; click on their logos to learn more.
Centre for Environment and Development
The Centre for Environment and Development (CED) was created in 1995 with the specific aim of realizing sustainable management of Central Africa’s forests. CED was created to counter the rising threats to forests observed during the 1990s, and situates itself firmly within the local context (where forest destruction takes place, and where its impacts are felt most strongly among communities), as well as the national level (the seat of decision making that leads to or legitimizes deforestation and the dispossession of local peoples). CED also works on the international level where decisions are made affecting the forests and lives of millions of people.
For more information, visit the CED website.
Civic Response was founded in 2003 by a group of social activists with a wide experience of campaigns in Ghana and internationally. Civic Response works to deepen the political economic analysis of grassroots groupings and to facilitate their networking towards the emergence of articulate social movements that could lead in the democratisation and development of African societies and in international development struggles.
For more information, please visit the Civic Response website
The Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN) is a formal network of Community Based Forest User Groups from all over Nepal.
FECOFUN emerged from the idea that forest users from all parts of the country should be linked in order to strengthen the role of users in policy making processes. Since its inception in July 1995, FECOFUN has grown into a social movement organization with about 8.5 million people represented – all of whom are forest users. To date, more than 11,200 Community Forest User Groups are affiliated with FECOFUN.
For more information, visit the FECOFUN website.
World Agroforestry Centre
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. ICRAF’s primary mission is to advance the science and practice of agroforesty and in doing so, transform the lives and landscapes of the rural poor in developing countries. ICRAF operates in over 20 countries throughout the tropics. ICRAF program research areas are Land and People, Trees and Markets, Environmental Services and Strengthening Institutions Policy research cross-cuts each of these programs.
For more information visit the World Agroforestry Centre website.
International Forestry Resources and Institutions
The primary mission of IFRI is to examine how governance arrangements shape forest outcomes in terms of both social and environmental dimensions. Scholars and policy makers affiliated with IFRI are interested in understanding the role of formal and informal institutions in enhancing livelihoods and adaptive capacity of peoples, conserving biodiversity, and promoting greater sustainability in carbon sequestration. IFRI was established by Prof. Elinor Ostrom (Indiana University) who won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics.
IFRI’s goal is to carry out rigorous research that can help policy makers and forest users design and implement improved evidence-based forest policies. Most importantly, IFRI comprises partner collaborating research institutes in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
For more information, visit IFRI’s website.
PRISMA (Salvadoran Research Program on Development and Environment) is a policy-oriented research center founded in El Salvador in 1993. Its mission is to work for the social and environmental revalorization of rural communities and territories as an integral aspect of development processes. PRISMA’s vision is societies that advance toward greater social justice and environmental sustainability. PRISMA serves as a regional platform for dialogue, critical analysis and action.
For more information, visit the PRISMA website.
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization founded in 1988 by Indigenous Peoples’ movements. AIPP is committed to the cause of promoting and defending Indigenous Peoples’ rights and human rights and articulating issues of relevance to Indigenous Peoples. The mission of AIPP is to strengthen the solidarity, cooperation and capacities of Indigenous Peoples in Asia to promote and protect their rights, cultures and identities, as well as their sustainable resource management systems for their development and self-determination.
At present, AIPP has 47 members from 14 countries in Asia with 14 National Formations, 15 Sub-national Formations and 18 Local Formations. Of this number, 6 are Indigenous Women’s Organizations and four are Indigenous Youth Organizations.
For more information, visit the AIPP website.
Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques
Created in 2010, the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forest (AMPB) is a space for coordination and exchange between 10 territorial authorities that administer or influence major forested areas of Mesoamerica. Indigenous governments and community forestry organizations in the Alliance aim to strengthen their own dialogue, focused on community management of natural resources, while seeking to jointly influence governments and international cooperation strategies.
For more information, visit the AMPBwebsite.
Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin (COICA)
COICA (the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin) is an indigenous organization that converges internationally and focuses its efforts on promoting, protecting, and securing Indigenous Peoples’ lands through their lifestyles, principles and social, spiritual, and cultural values. COICA works as a united body to generate policies, proposals, and actions at the local, national and international levels to promote the rights of the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon.
For more information, visit the COICA website.
The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests
The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF) is a network of women involved in sustainable forest resource management in Africa. It was created at the 2009 international conference on “Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise: New Opportunities for West and Central Africa” held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Forty five African women from Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Senegal, first formed the network and developed its founding Declaration.
REFACOF’s goal is to lobby and advocate with governments and international organizations for the inclusion of women-specific needs, constraints and interests, as well as their ownership rights to land and forest resources, in reforms and political agenda.
International Family Forestry Alliance
The International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA) is the voice of family forestry worldwide. IFFA’s objective is to promote the development of family forestry and advocate supportive policies. IFFA will provide recommendations to international forest policy processes and provide a forum for exchange of experience, ideas and information.
The organization was formally launched July 1, 2002. The organization was founded as an informal network between national forest owners’ organizations. In order to be recognized by intergovernmental organizations, IFFA incorporated in 2006 with a secretariat in Oslo, Norway, and Brussels, Belgium. The organization works as a flexible network between national forest owners’ organizations.
For more information, visit the IFFA website.
ISA aims to defend social, indigenous and environmental rights and has pioneered the concept of integrating environmental protection and sustainable development with indigenous groups. ISA’s work has achieved significant impact by influencing public policies and spearheading new laws while effectively developing 70 million hectares through three separate projects in three different parts of Brazil. It has introduced integrated programs from satellite mapping and monitoring against land invasions, to sustainable income-generation, to schools and clinics designed and operated locally, to extending formal citizenship and advocating for needed national policy changes. These initiatives have become models for indigenous socio-environmental development in Brazil and Latin America.
For more information, visit the ISA website.
Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara
The Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN), or Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago, is a national alliance of Indigenous Peoples from Indonesia. The organization was founded in April 2011, when 400 indigenous leaders from across the archipelago came together and agreed on a joint vision, mission, principles, and outlined the struggle and work program of Indigenous Peoples.
AMAN fights for the realization of Indigenous Peoples’ cultural, economic, and political sovereignty; to restore confidence, pride, and dignity of Indigenous Peoples, both men and women, so that they can enjoy their rights; to restore the sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples to maintain economic, social, cultural and political rights; to educate and increase the ability of Indigenous Peoples to maintain and develop indigenous knowledge to protect earth, water, and natural resources contained therein; to develop a democratic decision-making process; and to defend and fight for recognition, respect, protection, and fulfillment of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
For more information, visit the AMAN website.
RRI Partners also engage with a wide group of over 150 Collaborators who participate in and support RRI activities across the world. The growing list of these Collaborators is below.
Accra Caucus on Forests and Climate Change
Actions pour les Droits, l'Environnement et la Vie
Africa Community Rights Network (ACRN)
All China Women's Federation
Association for Environment and Society
Autoridad Nacional Afrocolombiana (ANAFRO)
Brazilian Forest Service
Campaign for Survival and Dignity
Center for Mountain Ecosystem Studies
Centre d'Accompagnement des Autochtones Pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables (CAMV)
Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD)
Centre d’Appui à la Gestion Durable des Forêts Tropicales (CAGDFT)
Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)
Cercle pour la Défense de l'Environnement (CEDEN)
Community Forestry Networks
Conseil pour la Défense Environnementale par la Légalité et Traçabilité (CODELT)
Coopérative Agroforestière de la Trinationale (CAFT)
Cooperative Integral Agro-exctractivista Campesinos de Pando
Coordinadora de Asociaciones y Comunidades para el Desarrollo Integral de la Región Ch'orti' (COMUNDICH)
Coordinadora Nacional de Pueblos Indígenas de Panamá (COONAPIP)
Fédération Nationale des Femmes Rurales (FENAFER)
Forest Indigenous Peoples’ Network (FIPN)
Forest Indigenous Peoples’ Network (FIPN)
Global Alliance of Community Forestry
Government of Acre
Government of British Columbia
Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Green Development Advocates (GDA)
Instituto Para el Hombre, Agricultura y Ecología (IPHAE)
International Land Coalition
Land Issues Working Group
Ligue Nationale des Associations Autochtones Pygmées du Congo (LINAPYCO)
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, LAO
Ministry of Forestry, Republic of Indonesia
Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Nepal
Ministry of Forests and Wildlife, Cameroon
Ministry of Land Affairs, Democratic Republic of Congo
Ministry of Land Affairs, DRC
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, LAO
National Agriculture and Forestry Extension Services (NAFES) of Lao PDR
National Alliance of Community Forest Associations (NACOFA)
National Assembly of LAP PDR
National Consultancy on Forestry Extension Services and Training (NACO), Gambia
National Forest Commission and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of the United Mexican States
National Forestry Council
National Land Management Agency, Lao PDR
Natural Resources Women’s Platform (NRWP)
NRM People's Parliament, Nepal
Plateforme Genre et Tenures Foncière et Forestière (TENFOREST)
Programa de Estudios Rurales y Territoriales, Universidad de San Carlos (PERT-FAUSAC)
Rastriya Dalit Network Nepal
Réseau pour la Conservation et la Réhabilitation des Ecosystèmes Forestiers (Réseau CREF)
Réseau Ressources Naturelles (RRN)
Resguardo Indígena Arhuaco
Russian Federal Forest Agency
University of the Philippines College of Law, Philippines
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