Rob Newton and Annie Cooper

Remembering the murders of four indigenous leaders, activists and monitors


If their populations are to survive, chimpanzees in Western Uganda must cross a 40km gap between the two forest reserves of Budonga and Bugoma. Unfortunately, the forest corridors in this area are rapidly being lost, as landowners clear them for agriculture.


Two trainees practicing with a drone in Loreto, N. Peruvian Amazon (August 2014). Jaime Paneque-Gálvez


A COP 21 side event organised with CCBA, UNAM/University of Twente and Forest COMPASS brought together a panel of community, civil society and government representatives from Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nepal to discuss different...


Lucy Goodman

"You cannot protect the forests from Paris, Oslo, New York, London. Only those of us who are protecting it already can continue to do so." - Abdon Nababan, Secretary General of Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of the Archipelago (Aliansi Masyarakat Adat...


Community-based forest monitoring experiences in the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve in the state of Acre, Brazil, gathered in this new report, provide further evidence of the importance of bottom-up monitoring systems using digital technologies for addressing information gaps and safeguard...


Annie Cooper

The Chico Mendes Extractivist Reserve, in the Brazilian state of Acre, has an area almost the size of Lebanon, covered in rainforest, criss-crossed by rivers, and with limited access. Rubber trees are scattered across the area, and the population of...


The 6th Working Group Meeting of the REDD+ for the Guiana Shield project was convened at Arrow Point in Guyana from 24-27 August, 2015, to reinforce capacities and cooperation among the participating forest services of Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Amapá and Acre states in Brazil.


Christina MacFarquhar

Satellite images reveal the buffering effect of indigenous lands against the tide of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, illustrating the often stark divide between sustainable and unsustainable forms of forest management.



Christina MacFarquhar

Digital devices can support, and even enhance, the use of community-collected data in decision-making for forests, but initiatives that rely on them face challenges in the long term because of the cost of buying, maintaining and delivering...


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The community monitors of North Rupununi now feature on the blogs page of the World Forestry Congress 2015. The blog tells Congress delegates all about the lessons the project has for community forest monitoring across the world, in terms of combining tradition and technology, managing and...


With support from the Global Canopy Programme, the indigenous Makushi people of North Rupununi, Guyana, monitored various aspects of their lives and the mixed forest/savannah landscapes where they live. Over the course of three years, they generated thousands of pieces of data, covering...


A number of studies have found that ground-based forest monitoring by local communities is more cost-effective than monitoring by professional foresters and academic researchers. But how big is the difference in cost, and is it really so straightforward?


Christina MacFarquhar

New GCP paper: Demonstrating ‘respect’ for the UNFCCC REDD+ safeguards: the importance of community-collected information

Introduction and objectives

GCP ran a workshop and seminar on “Scaling-up the use and impact of community-based forest monitoring in Amazonia” in Acre, Brazil, on the 22-24 April, 2015. This brought together a variety of community, civil society and government...


by Christina MacFarquhar


By Peter Stephen, SNV REDD+ team as Senior Forest Management & Climate Change Technical Advisor, and Lucy Goodman, Global Canopy Programme Senior Project Manager.


Author: Lucy Goodman

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." This is the quote (from Margaret Mead) that Mark Burrows, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, Credit Suisse used...