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

Applying Free Prior and Informed Consent in Viet Nam

Project reports

Blogs from the Extreme Citizen Science research group (ExCiteS)

Knowledge sharing platforms

Boletin del CADPI - Viendo el mundo de otra manera: los mapas como herramientas de usos múltiples

Project reports
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Español

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 Atlases produced by Project Fauna

Project reports

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

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English

Community Forest Monitoring for the Carbon Market

Knowledge sharing platforms

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 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 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

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

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

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

Forests and poverty reduction

Policy and regional reports

Free, prior and informed consent - Surui Carbon Project

Project reports
English

Global Forest Resources Assessment - Country Reports – Guyana

Project reports
English

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Policy and regional reports
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English

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

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

Videos
Español

Participatory Monitoring and Management Partnership

Knowledge sharing platforms

Participatory monitoring for transparent and effective forest finance

Project reports
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English

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

Community view videos
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Português

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

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
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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

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

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

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

Videos
English

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

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

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

Presentations
English