A new section of the Forest COMPASS website looks at data sharing in community-based forest monitoring. It draws on experiences from a monitoring initiative in North Rupununi, Guyana, supported by the Global Canopy Programme.
The Global Canopy Programme launched a new analytical paper at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, called Demonstrating 'Respect' for the UNFCCC REDD+ Safeguards: The Importance of Community-Collected Information. The paper explores the importance of participation by local and indigenous forest communities in gathering information to help assess the extent to which the...
Technology has brought the deforestation of the Amazon into a whole new light: the Amazon Basin Conservation Association in Peru is catching deforestation as it happens by using $5000 drones. These show deforestation and mining as they happen, providing a greater shot at stopping loggers in their tracks. 
A GPS data logger is an electronic device that records data over time or in relation to location. Generally they are small, battery powered, portable, and equipped with a microprocessor, internal memory for data storage and sensors. One of the primary benefits of using data loggers is their ability to automatically collect data on a 24-hour basis. Upon activation, data loggers can measure and...
Have your say on the following five topics related to collective action of indigenous peoples and local communities on an online CBD forum, open between 1-15 May: Topic 1: Examples and case studies on collective action of indigenous peoples and local communities; Topic 2: How values can underpin valuation of collective action and biodiversity, and later metrics; Topic 3: Characterizing the...
The Citizen Science Association (CSA) is providing free inaugural membership. The CSA is a community of practice for the field of public participation in scientific reserach, it has the following vision, mission and goals; Vision – A world where people understand, value, and participate in science. Mission – Advance citizen science through communication, coordination, and...
CBR+ is a partnership between the UN-REDD Programme and the GEF Small Grants Programme to deliver grants directly to indigenous peoples and communities to empower them to fully engage in the design, implementation and monitoring of REDD+ readiness activities, and develop experiences, lessons, and recommendations at the local level that can feed into national REDD+ processes.
Opisthocomus hoazin @ Guajará-Mirim, Rondônia, Brazil, South America.
Communities along the Amiyacu River in the Periuvian Amazon have suffered slavery and indentured labour to extract and sell their rich natural resources including mahogony, rubber and game. Now the same communities are being involved in natural resource management through becoming community monitors, building on a participatory mapping exercise that established extractive areas with management...
Great Hornbill by Laval Roy
A call for proposals has been announced that could support Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Indonesia and Nigeria to involve communities in REDD+ monitoring.
A new special issue in the open access journal Forests summarises several papers that discuss community-based forest monitoring for REDD+. The editorial for the paper shares results from an online survey released before the climate change conference in Peru with contraversial questions  for REDD+ and community-based forest monitoring. Read more here.
Norad’s Department for Civil Society under the Norwegian Forest and Climate Initiative (NICFI) announces a call for proposals from civil society organisations working on Climate and Forest issues. The new grant scheme will run over a period of five years, starting 1 January 2016. Norad have funded multiple community-based forest monitoring initiatives, including the Forest COMPASS project in ...
  The findings of a multi-country assessment of tropical resource monitoring by local communities have highlighted the potential value of locally based natural resource monitoring for conservation decision-making across developing countries. 
A new paper by Arun Pratihast on Combining Satellite Data and Community-Based Observations for Forest Monitoring assesses the consistency of data collected by community monitors on forest change with data collected by professionals and high resolution satellite images in the UNESCO Kafa Biosphere Reserve, Ethiopia.