Community forest monitoring: experiences from the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve
This is the final report from a community-based forest monitoring pilot in the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve, coordinated by Forest COMPASS. Throughout 2014-2015 this initiative, called Sinal Verde, created a participatory monitoring system that used digital technologies to respond to local and external information needs. The reserve residents successfully generated information on social, economic and environmental issues, and carried out an independent impact assessment of various programmes and public policies aimed at fostering sustainable livelihood alternatives in the reserve.
By generating this information, Sinal Verde sought to create synergies between different actors and scales of governance to support the co-management of the reserve, and guide Acre State policies and strategies. There was a particular focus and partnership with the state Institute for Climate Change and Regulation of Environmental Services (IMC), and the System of Incentives for Environmental Services (SISA) of Acre, specifically the social and environmental safeguard framework.
Sinal Verde is described further in this case study.