Case Study Report: Community-Based Monitoring Systems for REDD+ in Guyana
AbstractA 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
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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.
Bellfield H, Sabogal D, Goodman L, Leggett M. Case Study Report: Community-Based Monitoring Systems for REDD+ in Guyana. Forests. 2015; 6(1):133-156.Chicago/Turabian Style
Bellfield, Helen; Sabogal, David; Goodman, Lucy; Leggett, Matt. 2015. "Case Study Report: Community-Based Monitoring Systems for REDD+ in Guyana." Forests 6, no. 1: 133-156.