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

A generalized approach for producing, quantifying, and validating citizen science data from wildlife images

Journal articles

A Multicountry Assessment of Tropical Resource Monitoring by Local Communities

Journal articles

A sourcebook of biodiversity monitoring for REDD+

Manuals and textbooks
Download (5.13 MB)
English

Acre Social and Environmental Safeguards Monitoring Manual

Manuals and textbooks

Applying Free Prior and Informed Consent in Viet Nam

Project reports

Assessing carbon stocks using indigenous peoples’ field measurements in Amazonian Guyana.

Journal articles

At the heart of REDD+: a role for local people in monitoring forests?

Journal articles

Biomass estimation and mapping from carbon policy to technical training

Manuals and textbooks
Download (2.51 MB)
English

Biomass measurement Open Data Kit Form - in Vietnamese

Technical project materials
Download (308 KB)
tiếng Việt

Biomass monitoring form - Cybertracker

Data Collection Form
English

Blog site of Semoyo Village, Indonesia

Knowledge sharing platforms
Bahasa Indonesia

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

CiFOR interview with Forest COMPASS on Community-Based Forest Monitoring and Technology

Videos
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English

Climate Impact Monitoring Plan: Carbon Monitoring and Verification Protocols for the Suruí Forest Carbon Project

Technical project materials
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English

Combining Satellite Data and Community-Based Observations for Forest Monitoring

Journal articles

Communities and carbon: establishing a community forestry - REDD project in Cambodia

Project reports

Community assessment of tropical tree biomass: challenges and opportunities for REDD+

Journal articles

Community Atlases produced by Project Fauna

Project reports

Community Based Forest Biomass Monitoring: Training of Trainers Manual

Manuals and textbooks
Download (15.7 MB)
tiếng Việt
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English

Community Carbon Accounting in Semoyo village, Indonesia

Videos
Bahasa Indonesia

Community Carbon Forestry (CCF) for REDD Using CyberTracker for Mapping and Visualising of Community Forest Management in the Context of REDD

Download (1.83 MB)
English

Community Forest Monitoring for the Carbon Market

Knowledge sharing platforms

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

Journal articles

Community forestry and REDD+ in Asia: lessons learned and ways forward - issues brief

Policy and regional reports

Community Measurement Reporting and Verification (CMRV) - North Rupununi, Guyana

Community view videos
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English

Community Monitoring for REDD+: International Promises and Field Realities

Journal articles

Community Monitoring of Carbon Stocks for REDD+: Does Accuracy and Cost Change over Time?

Journal articles

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 biomass monitoring: action research in PNG, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR and Vietnam

Policy and regional reports

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

Policy and regional reports
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English

Community-based forest monitoring for REDD+: lessons and reflections from the field

Policy and regional reports

Community-based forest monitoring videos from seven clans of Papua New Guinea

Videos
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

Community-powered monitoring of REDD+ : open source technology boosts community forest monitoring

Policy and regional reports
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English

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

Empowering local people through community-based resource monitoring: a comparison between Brazil and Namibia

Journal articles

Environmental monitoring: the scale and speed of implementation varies according to the degree of peoples involvement

Journal articles

Environmental services incentive system in the State of Acre, Brazil

Project reports

Evaluating the use of local ecological knowledge to monitor hunted tropical forest wildlife over large spatial scales

Journal articles

Eyes in the forest: the community view of decision making through community-led forest monitoring

Community view videos
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English

Forest Peoples Programme newsletter with CBD updates

Knowledge sharing platforms

Free, prior and informed consent - Surui Carbon Project

Project reports
English

Free, prior, infomed consent and REDD+: guidelines and resources by WWF

Policy and regional reports
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English

Global Forest Resources Assessment - Country Reports – Guyana

Project reports
English

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

Presentations
English

IGES Community Carbon Accounting Project webpage

Knowledge sharing platforms

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

Community view videos

Indigenous peoples’ perspectives and activities in monitoring, reporting, and indicator development for REDD+ and a review of MRV concepts, tools and instruments

Policy and regional reports

Institutional arrangements for monitoring, reporting and verification

Policy and regional reports

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

Videos
Português

Integrating community-based monitoring into land-use based mitigation actions implemented by local communities

Journal articles
English

Integrating REDD+ social and environmental safeguards and standards in Tanzania

Project reports

Integrating remote-sensing and ground-based observations for estimation of emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in forests

Manuals and textbooks
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English

International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity address to SBSTTA on CBMIS

Policy and regional reports
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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

Lessons learned from community forestry in Asia and their relevance for REDD+

Policy and regional reports

Letter from Manaus on participatory biodiversity monitoring

Policy and regional reports

Literature review of participatory measurement, reporting and verification

Policy and regional reports

Local Participation in Natural Resource Monitoring: a Characterization of Approaches

Journal articles

Making Local Knowledge Matter - Supporting non-literate people to monitor poaching in Congo

Journal articles

Mapping and monitoring - realising forest rights in Indonesia

Community view videos
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English

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

Manuals and textbooks

Monitoring Matters website

Knowledge sharing platforms

Monitoring plan: Oddar Meanchey community forestry REDD+ project

Technical project materials

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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NOMAD online tool to select data collection solutions

Knowledge sharing platforms

On the cost-effectiveness of community-based forest monitoring

Policy and regional reports
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English

Participatory carbon monitoring in Vietnam

Videos
English

Participatory Carbon Monitoring: Manual for Field Reference

Manuals and textbooks

Participatory Carbon Monitoring: Manual for Local People

Manuals and textbooks

Participatory Carbon Monitoring: Manual for Local Technical Staff

Manuals and textbooks

Participatory Monitoring and Management Partnership

Knowledge sharing platforms

Participatory monitoring in tropical forest management: a review of tools, concepts and lessons learned

Manuals and textbooks

Participatory monitoring of poaching in the Congo Basin

Journal articles

Participatory MRV study sites in Indonesia

Knowledge sharing platforms

Plano de Gestão da Biodiversidade da Terra Indígena Sete de Setembro

Technical project materials
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Português

Power tools: for policy influence in natural resource management

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

Prospects and challenges for social media data in conservation science

Journal articles

Quick guides to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Knowledge sharing platforms
Español
Français

REDD+ and community forestry: lessons learned from an exchange of Brazilian experiences with Africa

Policy and regional reports

REDD+ demonstration activities in Cambodia: the case of the Oddar Meanchey community forestry REDD+ project

Project reports

REDD+ for People and Nature

Project reports
Français
Español

Safeguarding forests and people: a framework for designing a national system to implement REDD+ safeguards

Policy and regional reports
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English

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

Policy and regional reports
Download (736.93 KB)
English

Social and Biodiversity Impact Assessment (SBIA) Manual for REDD+ Projects

Manuals and textbooks

Space, Place, and Hunting Patterns among Indigenous Peoples of the Guyanese Rupununi Region

Journal articles

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

Testing focus groups as a tool for connecting indigenous and local knowledge on abundance of natural resources with science-based land management systems

Journal articles

The road to Lima: REDD+ safeguards implementation and information systems

Policy and regional reports
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English

The Role of Community Carbon Monitoring for REDD+: a Review of Experiences

Journal articles
Download (233.94 KB)
English

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

Technical project materials
Download (11.99 MB)
English
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Wapichan

Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops: Surui Forest Carbon Project

Videos
English

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

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

Why should local communities engage with National Forest Monitoring Systems? Presentation from IGES

Presentations
   
English

Wildlife application form - CyberTracker

Data Collection Form
English