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Forests 2015, 6(1), 133-156; doi:10.3390/f6010133

Case Study Report: Community-Based Monitoring Systems for REDD+ in Guyana

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Academic Editors: Arturo Balderas Torres and Margaret Skutsch
Received: 4 April 2014 / Accepted: 26 December 2014 / Published: 6 January 2015
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Abstract

A fundamental component of initiatives to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+); will be the development of robust and cost-effective measuring, reporting, and verification (MRV) instruments for national forest monitoring and safeguard information systems. It is increasingly recognized that community-based monitoring (CBM) offers a positive model for greater participation and engagement of indigenous and forest-dependent communities within a REDD+ framework. Yet plans for CBM within REDD+ MRV systems remain limited, and there are currently relatively few concrete examples of CBM informing national forest monitoring systems. This paper outlines findings from a community MRV project with Amerindian communities in the North Rupununi, Guyana; and demonstrates that a CBM approach can enable key REDD+ requirements: in understanding local deforestation drivers and measuring carbon stocks; and for providing information on safeguards through social and environmental assessments. In addition, the authors discuss community capacity-building on smartphone technology for monitoring as a challenging yet viable pathway for scaling the use and adoption of indigenous knowledge and local skills for REDD+ programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: indigenous; community-based monitoring; technology; MRV; REDD+; participation; safeguards; Guyana indigenous; community-based monitoring; technology; MRV; REDD+; participation; safeguards; Guyana
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Bellfield, H.; Sabogal, D.; Goodman, L.; Leggett, M. Case Study Report: Community-Based Monitoring Systems for REDD+ in Guyana. Forests 2015, 6, 133-156.

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