Preparing community forestry for REDD+: engaging local communities in the mapping and MRV requirements of REDD+

Tony Knowles, M.K. McCall, Margaret Skutsch, Leon Theron

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Abstract

Based on fieldwork carried out over the last five years, this article presents the case for communities being permitted to make their own forest carbon inventories for the purposes of monitoring under national REDD+ programmes, following brief training. Modern technology, particularly PDAs (small, handheld computers), can provide the platform both for mapping and for storing data, and can easily be used by people with only a few years primary education, although a technical agency will be needed to back up such systems. There are many advantages to this approach: costs are much lower than when professionals do the work, while the data are equally accurate. ‘Ownership´ of the data may be important in legitimising communities´ claims to carbon credits in the forests they manage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPathways for Implementing REDD+: Experiences from carbon markets and communities
EditorsXianli Zhu, Lea Ravnkilde Moller, Thanakvaro De Lopes, Mauricio Zaballa Romero
Place of PublicationRoskilde
PublisherUnited Nations Environment Programme
Pages141-155
ISBN (Print)9788755038547
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NamePerspectives series 2010
PublisherUNEO

Keywords

  • METIS-272905
  • IR-96809

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