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Forests 2014, 5(8), 1855-1878; doi:10.3390/f5081855

Participating in REDD+ Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (PMRV): Opportunities for Local People?

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Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), P.O. Box 0113 BOCBD, Bogor 16000, Indonesia
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Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), Campus de Baillarguet 34398 Montpelier Cedex 5, France
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Received: 31 March 2014 / Revised: 6 June 2014 / Accepted: 17 July 2014 / Published: 31 July 2014
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Abstract

Assessing forest changes is the baseline requirement for successful forest management. Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) are three essential components for achieving such assessments. Community participation in resource monitoring and management is increasingly seen as a scientifically efficient, cost-effective, and equitable way to employ such practices, particularly in the context of REDD+. We developed a multidisciplinary approach to study the feasibility of Participatory MRV (PMRV) across three sites along a forest degradation gradient in Indonesia. We looked at both the local and national level needs of MRV. Our approach combines: (1) social research focusing on the enabling conditions for local participation in MRV; (2) governance analyses of existing MRV systems in forestry and health; and (3) remote sensing work comparing overlaps and gaps between satellite imagery and local assessments of forest changes. We considered in our approach the possible multiple benefits of PMRV (carbon mitigation, biodiversity conservation, livelihood security). Our study helped to identify the multiple stakeholders (communities, NGOs and governments) and what the levels of governance should be to make PMRV design and implementation feasible and sustainable. View Full-Text
Keywords: community monitoring; MRV; methods; forest degradation; deforestation; carbon; REDD+; Indonesia community monitoring; MRV; methods; forest degradation; deforestation; carbon; REDD+; Indonesia
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Boissière, M.; Beaudoin, G.; Hofstee, C.; Rafanoharana, S. Participating in REDD+ Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (PMRV): Opportunities for Local People? Forests 2014, 5, 1855-1878.

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