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

West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
RuaiSMS is a non-profit citizen journalist news service. It uses mobile phone text messaging (SMS) as a way for indigenous and rural communities in remote areas of Borneo to disseminate information to national media and community members. Around 200 citizen journalists have been trained to send text messages containing news reports of one to four sentences to RuaiTV, using the FrontlineSMS system. RuaiTV is a station in the provincial capital, which may then create and broadcast a feature based on the alert; add it to the newsfeed that is read by its subscribers; or forward the SMS to power...