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Community Monitoring for REDD+: International Promises and Field Realities

The researchers assessed whether local communities can effectively estimate carbon stocks in some of the world’s most carbon rich forests, using simple field protocols, and reviewed whether community monitoring exists in current REDD+ pilots. Similar results were obtained for forest carbon when measured by communities and professional foresters in 289 vegetation plots in Southeast Asia. Most REDD+ monitoring schemes, however, contain no community involvement. To close the gulf between United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change texts on involving communities and field implementation realities, the authors propose greater embedding of community monitoring within national REDD+ pilot schemes, which we argue will lead to a more just REDD+.