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 team of researchers, led by Finn Danielsen, hypothesized that monitoring results would vary according to differences in the education and value systems of the monitors. To test this, they compared data collected independently by local community members and trained scientists for 63 taxa and five types of resource use in 34 tropical forest sites across four countries over 2.5 years. The study revealed that, despite considerable differences in countries, cultures, and the types of natural resources monitored, the community members and the scientists produced similar results for the status of and trends in species and natural resources. Click here for more information and to access the full report.