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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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Case Studies

Feijó, Acre, Brazil
This innovative project involves community management groups in monitoring the population dynamics of the arapaima fish and the impact of arapaima harvesting on other fish species and ecosystems. It is based in the Brazilian Amazon, in the Envira river floodplain, in the municipality of Feijó, State of Acre. Arapaima (Arapaima gigas, known in Brazil as pirarucu) is an important fish for both economic and environmental reasons: it is commercially valuable across in the Amazon basin and plays a key role in ecosystem regulation. This initiative uses participatory processes from three rights-...

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


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