Community forest monitoring in REDD+: the ‘M’ in MRV?
This desk-based review assesses the growing body of evidence on locally based forest monitoring. This suggests that local people can produce data of a similar standard to that of professionally trained scientists. Locally based monitoring has many other benefits, including cost effectiveness, cultural relevance, livelihood contributions, and the potential to stengthen local institutions. It finds that locally based forest monitoring could complement remote sensing, and play a central role in REDD+ monitoring, reporting and verification.