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

Acre Social and Environmental Safeguards Monitoring Manual

Manuals and textbooks

Applying Free Prior and Informed Consent in Viet Nam

Project reports

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

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

Project reports

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 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-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 (MRV): an assessment in the Oddar Meanchey community forestry REDD+ site

Project reports

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

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

Community view videos
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English

Forest people of Tobelo Halmahera

Videos

Global Forest Resources Assessment - Country Reports – Guyana

Project reports
English

GPS Management Agreement

Technical project materials

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
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English

Institutional arrangements for monitoring, reporting and verification

Policy and regional reports

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

International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity address to SBSTTA on CBMIS

Policy and regional reports
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English

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

Videos
Português
English

Kit de formation : Consentement Libre, Informé et Préalable (CLIP) et Participation à la Gestion des Concessions Forestières

Manuals and textbooks

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

Policy and regional reports

Literature review of participatory measurement, reporting and verification

Policy and regional reports

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

Policy and regional reports

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

Mapping for change: pratice, technologies and communication (a collection of case studies and reflections)

Journal articles

Mobile Phone Management Agreement

Technical project materials

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

Manuals and textbooks

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

Journal articles

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

Videos
Español

Perspective on community monitoring of the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve in Brazil

Community view videos
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Português

Power tools: for policy influence in natural resource management

Knowledge sharing platforms

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

Project reports

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

Policy and regional reports

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

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

Policy and regional reports
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English

Silas Siakor and community mapping in Liberia

Videos

Statutes of Community Forest Resource Management Committee

Technical project materials

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

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

Tropical forest tenure assessment - trends, challenges and opportunities

Policy and regional reports

Wa Wiizi, Wa Kaduzu ('Our Territory, Our Land')

Project reports
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English
Wapichan

What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t

Videos

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

Project reports