Editor Michael Mascia
At the heart of REDD+: a role for local people in monitoring forests?
Article first published online: 5 JAN 2011
©2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 4, Issue 2, pages 158–167, April/May 2011
How to Cite
Danielsen, F., Skutsch, M., Burgess, N. D., Jensen, P. M., Andrianandrasana, H., Karky, B., Lewis, R., Lovett, J. C., Massao, J., Ngaga, Y., Phartiyal, P., Poulsen, M. K., Singh, S. P., Solis, S., Sørensen, M., Tewari, A., Young, R. and Zahabu, E. (2011), At the heart of REDD+: a role for local people in monitoring forests?. Conservation Letters, 4: 158–167. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00159.x
- Issue published online: 8 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 5 JAN 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 1 DEC 2010 08:02AM EST
- Received , 30 August 2010, Accepted, 24 November 2010
- Climate change;
- community-based management;
- locally based monitoring;
- forest degradation;
Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) is a policy mechanism now agreed under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from developing countries through the sustainable management of forests, while providing co-benefits of biodiversity conservation and livelihood support. Implementation challenges include linking remote sensing and national forest inventories of carbon stocks, to local implementation and measuring carbon loss from forest degradation. Community-based forest monitoring can help overcome some of these challenges. We show that local people can collect forest condition data of comparable quality to trained scientists, at half the cost. We draw on our experience to propose how and where local REDD+ monitoring can be established. Empowering communities to own and monitor carbon stocks could provide a rapid and cost-effective way of absorbing carbon dioxide emissions, while potentially contributing to local livelihoods and forest biodiversity conservation.