Community-based or participatory forest monitoring can provide cost-effective and accurate data for reporting on international forest agreements such as REDD+, FLEGT, and forest-related efforts under the CBD. Indeed, with an estimated 23% of tropical forests owned or designated for use by communities, it is essential for local people to be engaged in these initiatives, and to be empowered to undertake monitoring. This can help avoid conflict when these agreements are implemented, while promoting transparency and equity. Community-based monitoring is also an important tool for supporting local decisions on forest management, such as regulating resouce use in a protected area.
This section of the Forest COMPASS website outlines the value of community-based monitoring. It answers key questions such as Is community monitoring cost effective? and How does community monitoring support forest management? It shows that involving communities in forest monitoring can help protect their rights in various ways, and ensure that forest financing investments are transparent, credible, and in line with international guidelines.
The community view section hosts videos from Forest COMPASS, where forest residents who are engaged in monitoring around the world share their perspectives on their experiences.