The Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC) was established in March 1987, based in Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand, to organize and provide training for community forestry practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region. Over the years, RECOFTC grew from a one-desk office offering its first Certificate Course in Community Forestry in 1988 to a two-building institution providing services beyond training courses and study tours.
In 2000, RECOFTC attained legal international status, launching itself as an independent organization with a mandate that reflected two decades of development in community forestry. It has a strategic plan for 2004-2009 that subscribes to a broad scope for community forestry. RECOFTC has identified key challenges for community forestry today, and has defined its vision and mission to meet these challenges.
RECOFTC website has resources and publications related to many aspects of community forestry and training. RECOFTC is also currently starting to engage in some of the areas where community forestry and community fishery interact.