Considerations and criteria for using digital technology

When deciding whether or not to use digital technology for a community-based monitoring project there are a wide number of advantages and disadvantages that need to be taken into account. In many cases these depend on the project’s goals and context (for example, the internet connectivity).

To help you to weigh up this decision, we have drawn on experiences and lessons from the Forest COMPASS database and in particular two of our projects that piloted the use of mobile data collection in Acre (Brazil) and North Rupununi (Guyana).

Here you will find information on the advantages, disadvantages, and key criteria that projects could consider before taking up mobile technology.

Guyana deforestation community monitoring
Training on using smartphones to monitor deforestation in Guyana