A number of studies have found that ground-based forest monitoring by local communities is more cost-effective than monitoring by professional foresters and academic researchers. This article from Forest COMPASS discusses some of the key findings of these studies, comparing the cost of community monitoring with that of external experts. While community monitoring often requires higher initial start-up costs, especially due to the need for training, it can quickly become more cost-effective than monitoring by external experts, who have higher travel and salary costs. These costs of community-based monitoring can decline as communities become more familiar with the monitoring methods and routes.
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