Welcome to Forest Compass

Welcome to the Forest COMPASS website, which brings together case studies, resources and analysis on community-based forest monitoring.


Why do community-­based forest monitoring?

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How to do community-­based forest monitoring.

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Find out who is involved in community-­based forest monitoring around the world.

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Case Studies

Budongo Forest Reserve (Masindi District), Bugoma Forest Reserve (Hoima District), Uganda
JGI is working with around 1 800 local landowners in Western Uganda to reduce deforestation, promote sustainable livelihoods, train forest monitors, and prepare local communities to benefit from REDD+. The total chimpanzee population in Uganda is around 5 000, and 1 200 of these live in the Budongo and Bugoma Forest Reserves. In order to maintain gene flow cross the 40km distance between these reserves, chimpanzees have to sucessfully use forest corridors to cross land that is predominantly privately and communally owned, and dotted with the occasional much smaller reserve....

Introductory video: The role and importance of community-based forest monitoring


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