Resources

Welcome to the resources section - an extensive, searchable library of information on community-based forest monitoring. We have a range of resources, from policy briefs to videos and how-to guides, which can support policy makers, practitioners and researchers.

Resources are tagged by 'type' (e.g. journal article or manual) and 'monitoring theme' (e.g. biodiversity) to help you search for what you need. Examples of project reports and technical project materials can help with key steps, such as creating a mobile data collection form using Open Data Kit, establishing free prior and informed consent, and building a participatory monitoring framework. Policy briefs and 'lessons learned' reports can help you make the case for community-based monitoring, by showing the value it has had for forest communities around the world.

Our case studies, blogs, and pages on why to do community-based forest monitoring and on digital technology are separate from this resource library, so do take a look at them too.

If you have a resource related to community-based forest monitoring that you would like us to upload to Forest COMPASS, please get in touch.

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Resource type Resources

Indonesia - Dayaks and Drones: How technology can promote sustainable forests and communities

Videos

Blogs from the Extreme Citizen Science research group (ExCiteS)

Knowledge sharing platforms

Bridging scientific and local knowledge in forest management

Videos
English

Case Study Report: Community-Based Monitoring Systems for REDD+ in Guyana

Journal articles
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English

Combining Satellite Data and Community-Based Observations for Forest Monitoring

Journal articles

Community Forest Monitoring for the Carbon Market

Knowledge sharing platforms

Community forest monitoring in REDD+: the ‘M’ in MRV?

Journal articles

Community forest monitoring: experiences from the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve

Project reports
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English
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Português

Community monitoring, reporting and verification for REDD+ : lessons and experiences from a pilot project in Guyana

Project reports
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English
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Community Participation in REDD+ Information Gathering & Data Platforms: MRV or MMM? Presentation from UNAM, Mexico.

Presentations
Community Participation in REDD+ Information Gathering & Data Platforms:Measurement Reporting and Verification or MMM? from Global Canopy
English

Community-based forest monitoring as a tool for securing forest peoples’ rights

Policy and regional reports
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English

Community-based monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV): an assessment in the Oddar Meanchey community forestry REDD+ site

Project reports

Community-based monitoring, reporting and verification know-how: sharing knowledge from practice

Policy and regional reports
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English

Conducting Research in Conservation: Social Science Methods and Practice (Book)

Manuals and textbooks

CyberTracker software

Data Collection Form

Data sharing in community-based forest monitoring: lessons from Guyana

Project reports
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English

Demonstrating 'respect' for the UNFCCC REDD+ safeguards: the importance of community-collected information

Policy and regional reports
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English

Detecting disasters using drone technology in Peru

Videos
Español

Digital Democracy in Ecuador

Videos
English

Documenting illegal land occupancy from the air

Project reports

Forest people of Tobelo Halmahera

Videos

Forest Peoples Programme newsletter with CBD updates

Knowledge sharing platforms

Ground truthing remote sensed data - Open Data Kit Collection Form - in Vietnamese

Technical project materials
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How can involving indigenous peoples and local communities in monitoring increase transparency and engagement in REDD+? Presentation from WWF DRC.

Presentations
English

Indigenous people's view: community monitoring and REDD+ benefits beyond carbon

Community view videos

Instituto Piagaçu - monitoring and management of natural resources in the Brazilian Amazon

Videos
Português

Interview with Magaly Medeiros (IMC) on community-based forest monitoring

Videos
Português
English

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

Videos
English

Large-scale Environmental Monitoring by Indigenous Peoples

Journal articles
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English

Mapping and monitoring - realising forest rights in Indonesia

Community view videos
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English

Mapping communities: ethics, values, practice (collected case studies and analysis)

Policy and regional reports
    This thought-provoking collection of case studies sheds light on the challenges and unintended consequences of community-based mapping, and will be of practical value to those planning, implementing and assessing similar mapping initiatives. It includes: a comparative study of mapping processes in Northern Thailand a consideration of the understanding and use of community maps among indigenous people in Cambodia a retropsective look for any long term impacts, a decade after GIS mapping in a rural community in China a case study from Indonesia on the institutional implications of counter-mapping also from Indonesia, an anlysis of the challenges and contradictions of capacity building for spatial information technology. This found that although a shift to increasingly technical mapping successfully enhanced the legitimacy of land claims, it also exacerbated the conceptual gaps between villagers, mapping facilitators and other stakeholders. Despite efforts to consult and build skills, the final agreements regarding the maps failed to satisfy many stakeholders. 'Community-based mapping: a tool to gain recognition and respect of Native Customary Rights to land in Sarawak' (by M. Bujang, from p87) is of particular interest to Forest COMPASS. This explains that although the indigenous people of Sarawak do have recourse to press for their Native Customary Rights (NCR), large portions of their traditional land are not officially demarcarted and are at risk of covnersion to palm oil plantations and industrial forests. In a landmark decision in 2000, the community of Rumah Nor won their case against a pulp and paper company and the state government. Participatory mapping provided crucial evidence to support the claim. In response, however, the government passed the Sarawak Land Surveyors Ordinance of 2001, which regulates land surveying activities, making it more difficult for communities to assert claims for NCR, and community-based mapping has since been labelled as subversive. This case study looks at how community mapping has not only continued in this exceptionally hostile legal context, but has continued to be used in court to support land claims.
English

Monitoring Forest Biodiversity: Improving Conservation through Ecologically-Responsible Management (Book)

Manuals and textbooks

Monitoring Matters website

Knowledge sharing platforms

Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project

Knowledge sharing platforms
Español

Multiple levels and multiple challenges for measurement, reporting and verification of REDD+

Journal articles

Nepal community forest user group members share experiences of forest patrolling and monitoring, REDD and reforestation.

Community view videos
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On the cost-effectiveness of community-based forest monitoring

Policy and regional reports
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English

Our fight: after the murder of four Ashaninka leaders in Peru

Videos
Español

Participatory Monitoring and Management Partnership

Knowledge sharing platforms

Participatory MRV study sites in Indonesia

Knowledge sharing platforms

Project description document of the Suruí Forest Carbon Project for the Verified Carbon Standard

Project reports

Promoting forest stewardship in the Bolsa Floresta Programme: local livelihood strategies and preliminary impacts

Project reports

REDD+ for People and Nature

Project reports
Français
Español

Scaling-up community-based forest monitoring for REDD+: experiences from Guyana and Brazil

Policy and regional reports
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English

Special Issue: The Potential Role for Community Monitoring in MRV and in Benefit Sharing in REDD+

Journal articles
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English

TEDxUCL - Jerome Lewis - Extreme Citizen Science in the Congo Basin

Videos

The Tsonkiri Expedition - a preparatory spiritual and environmental pilgrimage of the Ashaninka

Videos
English
Português

Thinking together for those coming behind us: an outline plan for the care of Wapichan territory in Guyana

Technical project materials
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English
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Wapichan

Update on CBD and thoughts on how community‐based monitoring can contribute to REDD+ and biodiversity reporting requirements of the UNFCCC and CBD

Presentations
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English

We built a drone (video with the Wapichan people, Guyana)

Videos
English

Where They Stand (a report on the Wapichan efforts to assert land rights)

Project reports

White Paper: Opportunities and challenges for integrating CBM into MRV systems for REDD+ in Mexico

Project reports

Why and how should indigenous peoples and forest communities engage with NFMS and monitoring within REDD+? Presentation from Tetebba

Presentations