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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

Guinea Bissau, India, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Senegal and Tanzania
The ‘Kyoto: Think Global, Act Local’ (K:TGAL) project trialled community-based forest monitoring in 30 sites in 7 countries between 2003 and 2009. It developed and tested a methodology and survey tools that could be used by communities to create and maintain forest inventories, and aimed to maximise the capacity of communities to control the monitoring process once they had received adequate training and support. Community members were trained and assessed for their ability to monitor changes in forest carbon stocks. This was part of a broader aim: to investigate the potential for...

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


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