Who is involved in community-based monitoring around the world?

Who is involved in community-based monitoring of forests? Where are they working? And what are they doing?

This section gives an overview of the different actors working on community-based monitoring of forests. To make it easier to find and connect with particular actors, they are classified as:

COMMUNITY: Communities that are implementing forest monitoring initiatives
FACILITATOR: Institutions supporting communities to implement monitoring initiatives
GOVERNMENT: Governments or public agencies engaged with communities in monitoring
DONOR: Donors funding community-based forest monitoring initiatives

ARUPA is an Indonesian NGO that specialises in supporting community forestry, including community-based assessment and monitoring of carbon stocks in forests at  ...

Country of Activity: Indonesia

The Alianza México REDD works to strengthen low carbon development of the rural and forestry sectors in Mexico, promoting best practice. It facilitates capacity building, especially in rural and...

Country of Activity: Mexico

The Amazon Conservation Team Brazil (ECAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the biological resources of the Amazon and the people who live there. A branch of the USA-based NGO...

Country of Activity: Brazil

A nonprofit civil association founded in October 1995. Its overall objective is to complement governmental action to conserve and sustainably use the country's biological diversity, and its...

Country of Activity: Brazil

A UK zoological garden run by the Bristol Zoological Society, a conservation and education charity.  As well as ex-situ conservation, the society works with governments and NGOs to support field...

Country of Activity: International, Cameroon

The Bruno Manser Fund campaigns for the conservation of threatened tropical rainforests, and strives for the respect of the rights of the rainforest inhabitants. The Fund is based in Switzerland...

Country of Activity: Malaysia

CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific facility that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscapes management in order to help policymakers, practitioners and communities...

Country of Activity: International

The Centre for Amazonian Workers (CTA) is a non-governmental, non-profit organsation in Brazil. It has a long history of working with extractivist communities in Acre, in particular on rural...

Country of Activity: Brazil

Conservation International's work focuses on science, policy, and partnership with businesses and communities. The organization has been working in Amazonia on an innovative satellite-based system...

Country of Activity: Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Madagascar, Indonesia

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a German federal enterprise that supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international...

Country of Activity: International, Colombia

Digital Democracy is a US-based NGO that aims to support marginalised communities to use technology to defend their rights. With technology becoming cheaper and more accessible, they believe that...

Country of Activity: International, Peru, Guyana

The Global Forest Resources Assessments (FRA) are produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization on the United Nations (FAO) every five years in an attempt to provide a consistent approach to...

Fondation Camerounaise de la Terre Vivante (FCTV) is a Cameroonian organisation, working to  promote, facilitate and support community participation in sustainable development in Cameroon. FCTV...

Country of Activity: Cameroon

FORCLIME Programme - FORCLIME

A programme of cooperation through which the German government supports Indonesia's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry sector, to conserve forest biodiversity within the...

Country of Activity: Indonesia

A global project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), FCMC's mission is to build technical capacity by developing tools and training to contribute to...

The Forest COMPASS project brings together case studies, resources and analysis on community based forest monitoring on the www.forestcompass.org website...

Country of Activity: International

Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) was founded in 1990 in response to the forest crisis, specifically to support indigenous forest peoples’ struggles to defend their lands and livelihoods.

Country of Activity: International, Guyana

Forest Trends is a Washington D.C.-based international non-profit organization that was created in 1998 by leaders from conservation organizations, forest products firms, research groups,...

Country of Activity: International

Forests Monitor (FM) is an international NGO that works to increase transparency and accountability of the forestry sector in order to improve governance and management of the world’s forests. It...

Country of Activity: Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, International

Forêts et Développement Rurale (FODER) is a non-profit environmental organisation based in Cameroon, working on forestry and environmental governance. Its projects include support for forest...

Country of Activity: Cameroon, Central African Republic

A nonprofit NGO that was created in 2007. It implements the Bolsa Floresta Programme, and is involved with REDD+...

Country of Activity: Brazil

Global Canopy, formerly known as the Global Canopy Programme, is an innovative environmental organisation that targets the market forces destroying tropical forests. Since 2001, we have been...

Country of Activity: UK, Guyana, Brazil

Google Earth Outreach supports non-profit organisations to use its mapping tools, including the Google Earth and Google Maps engines and Open Data Kit. It provides knowledge, resources and grants...

Country of Activity: International

The largest  forum of non-governmental and community-based organisations in Indonesia. WALHI works towards social transformation, people’s sovereignty, sustainability of life and livelihoods, and...

Country of Activity: Indonesia

IDESAM is a not-for-profit NGO that has its headquarters in Manaus, Amazonas state.  IDESAM works to promote the valuation and sustainable use of natural resources in the Amazon and to find...

Country of Activity: Brazil

The Institute for Ecological Reseach (IPÊ) is a non-government organization in Brazil devoted to conservation through science, education and sustainable business.  IPÊ undertakes research,...

Country of Activity: Brazil

Instituto Piagaçu is an NGO working on natural resource research and conservation in the Brazilian Amazon. Since its creation in 2004 the researchers and staff have collated the first detailed...

Country of Activity: Brazil

IED is an international development and environment policy research organisation working with diverse interest groups, contributing to many international policy processes and frameworks, including...

Country of Activity: International

Launched in May 2010 by South Africa, South Korea and Germany, the overall aim of the Partnership is to support a practical exchange on mitigation-related activities and MRV between developing and...

Established by the United Nations in 1986, ITTO is an intergovernmental organization promoting the conservation and sustainable management, use and trade of tropical forest resources.  ITTO...

Country of Activity: International

The Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development (IIC) is an international not-for-profit organisation, and the institution responsible for managing the Iwokrama...

Country of Activity: International, Guyana

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global nonprofit focused on inspiring individual action to improve the understanding, welfare and conservation of great apes. JGI use smartphones with...

Country of Activity: Tanzania, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Senegal

Kanindé is a Brazilian not-for-profit organisation founded in 1992. It was established by a group of people working with the indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people on environmental protection in the...

Country of Activity: Brazil

The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The Knight Foundation has funded citizen...

Living Earth Foundation (LEF) is a UK registered charity which works with people to resolve their environmental and social concerns.  Established as an international not-for-profit organisation in...

Country of Activity: Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Venezuela, International

The Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests (LEAF) program is a five year programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Regional Development Mission for Asia (...

Country of Activity: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, International

Since it was established in 1999, the Mamirauá Institute has directed its efforts toward research projects, technical assistance and resource management in the Mamirauá and Amanã Reserves,  in the...

Moabi is an independent initiative that collaboratively monitors natural resource use in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It works towards a more transparent, equitable, and sustainable...

Country of Activity: Democratic Republic of Congo

The Monitoring Matters Network is an international network of researchers and practitioners working with innovative approaches to monitoring of natural resources, livelihoods and governance. The...

Country of Activity: International

UNAM's REDD+ research group leads on several projects relevant to community-based forest monitoring:


Country of Activity: Mexico
Country of Activity: Laos

The Nordic Agency for Development and Ecology (NORDECO) is a Danish based consultancy specialized in sustainable development initiatives. Founded in 1990, NORDECO is wholly owned by the non-profit...

Country of Activity: International

A Danish, non-profit charity foundation created in 1990. The Nordisk Fond for Miljø og Udvikling, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, became a member of the University of the Arctic in 2012. Its...

Country of Activity: Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, International

Pact is an international NGO based in Washington, DC. It works with partners across the world in the areas of health, livelihoods and natural resource management. It aims to customise its approach...

Country of Activity: International, Cambodia

Project Fauna is a collaborative effort by university researchers and the indigenous peoples of the Rupununi region of Guyana and the Raposa/Serra do Sol region of Roraima, Brazil to describe...

Country of Activity: Brazil, Guyana

The Rainforest Foundation UK aims to help indigenous peoples and forest communities around the world gain the land and resource rights they deserve, and in the process reduce deforestation...

Country of Activity: Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Central African Republic, Peru

REM operates as an Independent Monitor of Law Enforcement and Governance in the extractive sectors. Through independent monitoring and credible reporting of illegalities and related governance...

Country of Activity: International, Republic of Congo

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) supports local communities and Indigenous Peoples in forests and other rural areas to advance their wellbeing and secure their rights over the natural...

Country of Activity: International

Ruai TV, a station in the provincial capital of Pontianak, West Kalimantan. RuaiTV co-ordaintes citizien journalists within remote communities, who submit news and images through their mobile...

Country of Activity: Indonesia

SilvaCarbon is a flagship programme under the United States fast start financing for REDD+ and is a U.S. contribution to the Forest Carbon Tracking task of the intergovernmental Group on Earth...

Country of Activity: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Philippines, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, International

An international development NGO, SNV has its headquarters in the Netherlands and maintains a partnership office in Washington DC.  It supports work on REDD+ in a number of countries across Asia,...

Country of Activity: International, Vietnam

TFCG works to conserve and restore the biodiversity of globally important forests in Tanzania for the benefit of the present and future generations.  Established in 1985, it is the largest...

Country of Activity: Tanzania

The Foundation for People and Community Development works to support Papua New Guineans to develope and manage their own forest resources towards environmental, economic and social benefits. It...

Country of Activity: Papua New Guinea

The RSWG is a  North-South coalition of civil society and indigenous peoples’ organisations.  Its members cooperate to ensure effective implementation of REDD+ safeguards and the achievement of...

Country of Activity: International

The Samdhana Institute is a non-profit organization for insular and mainland Southeast Asia, with an office in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Country of Activity: International

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. They support communities to better manage...

Country of Activity: International

ExCiteS is an inter-disciplinary research group at University College London that supports 'extreme citizen science'.  It works with broad networks of people to design and build new devices and...

Country of Activity: International, Republic of Congo, Brazil, Cameroon

The Department of Technology and Sustainable Development of the University of Twente, based in the Netherlands, hosted the `...

Country of Activity: Guinea-Bissau, India, Mali, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Tanzania, Mexico

The mission of the Laboratory for Geo-Information is to improve spatial competences for a sustainable world through research and education. Its research topics include empowering and engaging...

Country of Activity: Netherlands, Peru

The Woods Hole Research Center assesses threats to a safe climate and works with individuals, communities, governments, and NGOs to identify and implement opportunities to stabilise the global and...

Country of Activity: Mexico, Brazil, Peru, USA

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a Research Centre of the CGIAR consortium. ICRAF’s headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, and it has regional offices in Cameroon, India, Indonesia, Kenya and...

Country of Activity: International

WRI is a global research organisation that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in countries including the United States, China, India, Brazil and Indonesia. They aim to develop ideas that...

Country of Activity: International

Indonesia Country Programme Office of the international NGO.

Country of Activity: Indonesia

WWF's International Forests & Climate Programme works with forest countries and on the ground with local communities to build capacity and ensure programmes, standards, approaches and ...

WWF has been working in DRC across issues related to illegal wildlife trade, sustainable and effective protected areas, green economy, forests and carbon. As part of its work to support the...

Country of Activity: Democratic Republic of Congo

WWF-Brazil is a Brazilian NGO dedicated to the conservation of nature. It has the objective of harmonising human activities with the protection of biodiversity and the wise use of natural...

Country of Activity: Brazil

WWF Colombia aims for key ecosystems to be protected in harmony with the needs and desires of local communities and future generations. It intends to form strategic alliances, working with others...

Country of Activity: Colombia

WWF is the only international conservation organisation that is active in each of the three Guianas and, over a period of many decades, has established itself as a respected partner to governments...

Country of Activity: Guyana

WWF began its involvement in Peru in 1969, when it contributed to the conservation of the vicuña, then at the brink of extinction, by supporting the creation of the Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras...

Country of Activity: Peru

ZSL runs conservation programmes in Britain and over 50 countries worldwide; the conservation of wild animals and their natural habitats is fundamental to is their mission. They work with local...

Country of Activity: International