Welcome to Forest Compass

Welcome to the Forest COMPASS website, which brought together case studies, resources and analysis on community-based forest monitoring. This website is no longer actively updated, but remains available as an archive of the work that was done and as a resource for those interested.


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

Acre, Brazil
This community-based monitoring initiative in the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve in the state of Acre, Brazil, had the following objectives.  (1) Create learning opportunities and local technical capacity for collecting data, and raise community awareness. (2) Strengthen and guide the shared management of the Reserve. (3) Inform the development and implementation of environmental policies and safeguards related to Acre’s Environmental Services Incentives System. (4) Develop good practice in the use of technological tools in community forest...