The Southern Africa CBNRM Forum (SACF) is an umbrella organization that provides a "platform" or "space" for people or different types of organizations/institutions to discuss various issues, to draw lessons and mobilize resources needed for addressing CBNRM aspects. It also provides a platform for stakeholder dialogue, facilitation, and exchange of information, co-ordination and co-operation on community-based management of natural resources.
The SACF ideology was born in 2004 out of the need to create a platform for collaboration and peer learning among member countries. Prior to the establishment of the forum, there was little collaboration between regional countries in CBNRM issues. Therefore, the formation of a forum through which ideas, best practices and experiences in CBNRM can be shared was a necessity.