Communities can monitor forests ‘as well as experts’
BBC News, 29 October 2013

LONDON, UK: Research published in Ecology and Society shows that local communities are able to monitor forest biomass up to the highest standards of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The study, coordinated by the World Agroforestry Centre, identified 289 plots in nine forest types located in four countries in South-East Asia and compared the carbon stock estimates collected by local communities with the results gathered by professional foresters. The results were the same both in terms of accuracy and precision. The research team hopes its findings will show that forest communities are an under-used resource when it comes to the monitoring aspects of REDD projects. Read the article … Download the article on “Community Monitoring for REDD+: international policies and field realities” [pdf] …