It is increasingly recognised that community-based monitoring offers a positive model for greater participation and engagement of indigenous and forest-dependent communities within a REDD+ framework. Yet plans for community involvement in systems for measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) for REDD+ remain limited, and there are currently relatively few concrete examples of community-based monitoring informing national forest monitoring systems. This paper outlines findings from a community MRV project with Amerindian communities in North Rupununi, Guyana. It demonstrates that a community-based approach can help fulfill key REDD+ requirements, in terms of understanding local deforestation drivers, measuring carbon stocks, and providing information on safeguards through social and environmental assessments. The paper also discusses building community capacity to use smartphone technology for monitoring; this is a challenging yet viable pathway for scaling the use and adoption of indigenous and local knowledge and skills for REDD+ programmes.
More can be read about this project here. This the second journal article to be published about the project, the first is here. The project partners include the Global Canopy Programme, the North Rupununi District Development Board and Iwokrama.