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Forests 2015, 6(1), 244-251; doi:10.3390/f6010244

Special Issue: The Potential Role for Community Monitoring in MRV and in Benefit Sharing in REDD+

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Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Antigua carretera a Pátzcuaro 8701, CP 58190 Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
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CSTM, Twente Centre for Studies in Technology and Sustainable Development, University of Twente, Postbus 217, Enschede 7500, The Netherlands
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Academic Editor: Eric J. Jokela
Received: 4 January 2015 / Accepted: 7 January 2015 / Published: 15 January 2015
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Abstract

Since the early design of activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the need to engage local communities and indigenous groups in monitoring and reporting has been recognized. REDD+ has advanced under the UNFCCC negotiations, but most countries still need to define formally what the role of communities in their national monitoring systems will be. Previous research and experiences have shown that local communities can effectively contribute in the monitoring of natural resources. This editorial introduces a Special Issue of Forests which discusses the implications of and potential for including community based monitoring (CBM) in monitoring and benefit-sharing systems in REDD+. It outlines the main points of the nine contributions to the Special Issue which cover a wide geographical area and report on projects and research which engages more than 150 communities from eight different countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The editorial summarizes how the articles and reports build further understanding of the potential of CBM to contribute to the implementation, monitoring and distribution of benefits in REDD+. It also discusses the results of an on-going opinion survey on issues related to CBM and its relation to benefit sharing, which indicates that there is still disagreement on a number of key elements. View Full-Text
Keywords: monitoring; reporting and verification; climate change mitigation; community forest management; greenhouse gas emissions; carbon sequestration; benefit distribution; safeguards monitoring; reporting and verification; climate change mitigation; community forest management; greenhouse gas emissions; carbon sequestration; benefit distribution; safeguards
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Torres, A.B.; Skutsch, M. Special Issue: The Potential Role for Community Monitoring in MRV and in Benefit Sharing in REDD+. Forests 2015, 6, 244-251.

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