New report on Community-based forest monitoring experiences in Acre, Brazil

16/11/2015

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 requirements as part of jurisdictional REDD+ agendas.


Report on experiences in the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve


By working with community associations, a civil society organisation (Centre for Amazonian Workers) and state and federal governmental agencies (the Institute for Climate Change and Regulation of Environmental Services, the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation), this pilot project called Sinal Verde, sought to create synergies across multiple stakeholders to support effective protected area management and improve forest governance in the State of Acre.


Data collected locally by community monitors on livelihood activities and wellbeing has been used to inform decision-making on natural resource management in the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve. At the state level, this information, as well as data on indicators related benefit-sharing and participation in state-sponsored environmental programmes, serve to independently assess the impact and effectiveness of policies within Acre’s System of Incentives for Environmental Services (SISA). The data has in particular be used to understand the fulfilment of the social and environmental safeguards framework, based on the REDD+ SES standards.  This model has promoted more transparent, accountable and equitable forest governance systems.   


We asked Magaly Medereiros, Director-President of IMC, to reflect on the importance and role of community-based forest monitoring in the state of Acre:


 



While the project has been successful in building capacity among local agents to undertake monitoring activities, it reamins a challenge to integrate monitoring results into decision-making bodies and processes. Building awareness and institutional capacity at the grassroots level will be essential to further embed community monitoring results in practice.  


 


Given the short-term nature of this pilot initiative, it will be necessary to refine and align monitoring methods in the future before it can be replicated, drawing on the challenges and lessons learned detailed in the report. It will also be necessary to create financial mechanisms and institutional mandates to enable longevity and the incorporation of these models into broader monitoring systems and forest conservation strategies.


The intention of the Institute for Climate Change and Regulation of Environmental Services of the state of Acre to continue and expand this model within the state’s SISA programme, shows a promising pathway for scaling-up Community-Based Forest Monitoring to a jurisdictional level


 


 


 

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