Workshop Proceedings “Linking community monitoring with national MRV for REDD+”
More than 65 participants from 15 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America shared their experiences and work on MRV during a workshop entitled, “Linking community monitoring with national Monitoring Reporting and Verification for REDD” held in Mexico last month, from 12-14 September 2011. The workshop sought to come up with a common view on how (ie/ through what methods and for what particular tasks) communities may be involved in monitoring carbon stock changes and other variables related to REDD+. A shortlist of priority actions that need to be undertaken to promote community monitoring within national REDD+ programmes was the main outcome of the workshop.
In addition to monitoring of carbon, possibilities for community monitoring of other important variables, such as biodiversity and social impacts, particularly in the context of the growing awareness of the importance of safeguards, were also considered. In addition, the promotion of community monitoring, to overcome the doubts that some people have regarding its reliability and usefulness was also discussed. The workshop was sponsored by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and organized by the Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CIGA-UNAM).
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