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

Data flow diagram: how to create and upload an Open Data Kit (ODK) form for forest monitoring

Technical project materials
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English

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
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English

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 monitoring form - Cybertracker

Data Collection Form
English

Blogs from the Extreme Citizen Science research group (ExCiteS)

Knowledge sharing platforms

Community Based Forest Biomass Monitoring: Training of Trainers Manual

Manuals and textbooks
Download (15.7 MB)
tiếng Việt
Download (4.74 MB)
English

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

Policy and regional reports

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

Policy and regional reports
Download (2.15 MB)
English

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

Policy and regional reports
Download (1.4 MB)
English

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

Manuals and textbooks

CyberTracker software

Data Collection Form

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

Policy and regional reports
Download (252.63 KB)
English

Enquête approfondie (Moabi-DRC)

Data Collection Form
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Français

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

Journal articles

Example Open Data Kit (ODK) form

Technical project materials
Download (43.5 KB)
English

Example Open Data Kit (ODK) form schema

Technical project materials
Download (265.63 KB)
English

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

Community view videos
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English

Fiche de suivi local REDD+ (Moabi-DRC)

Data Collection Form
Download (376.49 KB)
Français

Forest Peoples Programme newsletter with CBD updates

Knowledge sharing platforms

Forests and poverty reduction

Policy and regional reports

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

Policy and regional reports
Download (243.42 KB)
English

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

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

Indigenous peoples’ rights to lands, territories and resources

Policy and regional reports
Download (1.55 MB)
English

Institutional arrangements for monitoring, reporting and verification

Policy and regional reports

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

Manuals and textbooks
Download (2.18 MB)
English

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

Videos
English

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 FPIC – Free, Prior and Informed Consent – Work: Challenges and Prospects for Indigenous Peoples

Policy and regional reports

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

Manuals and textbooks

Monitoring Matters website

Knowledge sharing platforms

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

Journal articles

National forest monitoring systems: monitoring, measurement, reporting and verification in the context of REDD+ activities

Policy and regional reports
Download (2.19 MB)
English

On the cost-effectiveness of community-based forest monitoring

Policy and regional reports
Download (175.93 KB)
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 for transparent and effective forest finance

Project reports
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English

Power tools: for policy influence in natural resource management

Knowledge sharing platforms

Prospects and challenges for social media data in conservation science

Journal articles

Questionnaires OIREDD Experimentale - terrain (Moabi-DRC)

Data Collection Form
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Quick guides to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Knowledge sharing platforms
Español
Français

REDD+ and community-controlled forests in low-income countries: any hope for a linkage?

Journal articles

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

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

Manuals and textbooks

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

Journal articles
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English

Step by Step guide to using Open Foris Collect Mobile

Presentations
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English

Technological leap-frogging in the Congo Basin, Pygmies and Global Positioning Systems in Central Africa: what has happened and where is it going?

Journal articles

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

Videos

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
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English

The role of women in early REDD+ implementation: lessons for future engagement

Journal articles
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English

Tropical forest tenure assessment - trends, challenges and opportunities

Policy and regional reports

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

Presentations
Download (1.84 MB)
English

Video tutorials: how to create a monitoring form, collect data, and visualise data

Videos

Who Owns The World's Land? A Global Baseline of Indigenous and Community Land Rights

Policy and regional 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

Workshop resource - interactive game for learning about Community-Based Forest Monitoring trade offs

Presentations
English

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies blogs

Knowledge sharing platforms