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.
|Title of host publication||Pathways for Implementing REDD+: Experiences from carbon markets and communities|
|Editors||Xianli Zhu, Lea Ravnkilde Moller, Thanakvaro De Lopes, Mauricio Zaballa Romero|
|Place of Publication||Roskilde|
|Publisher||United Nations Environment Programme|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Name||Perspectives series 2010|