The Role of Community Carbon Monitoring for REDD+: a Review of Experiences
This paper reviews research that has investigated the skills for community-based monitoring of natural resources, including carbon biomass. It presents an in-depth discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of community monitoring, and a summary table comparing locally-based and expert-based monitoring. It contrasts the benefits of community monitoring, such as cost efficiency and data quality, with challenges and risks, such as the potential burden on local population and the need for adequate training to ensure reliable data. Distinctions between various monitoring schemes are laid out, including a table comparing respective technological operating systems. Final reflections take a nuanced look at the way forward for community-based monitoring, especially if it is to become a component of REDD+ monitoring, reporting and verification. This piece contributes to the understanding of the effectiveness of community monitoring in REDD+ projects and relative strengths and weaknesses of specific tools and approaches.