Community Monitoring for REDD+: International Promises and Field Realities
This paper assesses whether local communities can effectively estimate carbon using simple field protocols, and reviews whether local stakeholders are involved in monitoring current REDD+ pilots. It reports obtaining similar results for forest carbon when measured by communities and professional foresters in 289 vegetation plots in Southeast Asia. Despite this demonstration of the accuracy of community-based monitoring, the study found that most REDD+ monitoring schemes contain no community involvement.
The authors therefore propose greater embedding of community monitoring within national REDD+ pilot schemes, in order to close the gulf between United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change texts on involving communities and field implementation realities, and to create a more just and equitable REDD+ .