Opinions on REDD+ and community monitoring

At the UN climate summit in Warsaw (CoP19) policy makers, practitioners and researchers were asked their opinions about some controversial issues of community forest monitoring for REDD+. This was followed up with a new survey before (e-survey) and during the UN climate summit in Lima (CoP20) which polled opinions on community forest monitoring and benefit sharing for REDD+. The results of these surveys highlighted some contentious issues that need to be considered in the design of a national forest monitoring framework, and indicated controversies and philosophical sticking points of REDD+.

An overview of the result, as well as some interesting “read more” links are presented in this slideshow:


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REDD+ monitoring and benefit sharing: Have your say!

At a side event at CoP19 in Warsaw last year, policy makers, practitioners and researchers addressed some controversial questions on community forest monitoring for REDD+ and benefit sharing.

They agreed that:
* Community monitored data on carbon stocks can be sufficiently accurate for MRV
* New technologies to support community monitoring should be supported
However there was some disagreement about:
* Whether community monitoring of carbon performance can form the basis for financial rewards for REDD+
* Whether the data can be integrated into national forest monitoring systems

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How forests feed the world

We face many challenges in achieving sustainable global development and producing sufficient and quality food for 9 billion people by 2050. Research and development should address these challenges in an integrated way and look beyond current paradigms to achieve food security and nutrition for all.

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Have you met…Hilda?

Historic data on land change trends is an important input for climate change research, REDD+ reference levels, and a host of other environmental and ecological assessments. There is actually data available from the pre-digital age, but it is often not standardised and has patchy spatial and temporal coverage. You have to wonder if it is worth dusting of these old maps and encyclopaedias to obtain better historic land cover change data.

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(Dis) agreeing on community monitoring for REDD+

This is the last of the links to my “old” blog posts. This one is fairly recent though.

At the UN climate summit in Warsaw policy makers, practitioners and researchers answered some controversial questions on community forest monitoring for REDD+. It shows where the agreements and disagreements lie.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1g3gkuT

It also contains a very interesting video, made by CIFOR, of an interview with Margaret Skutsch, an expert on forest monitoring and benefit sharing.

(Picture: Community monitoring in Kafa – Ethiopia with smartphone technology, Courtesy of Ben DeVries)

Viva la data revolution

It has become a cliché of modern life that knowledge is power. What that means is that people with knowledge have power. Technology and communication provide access, and transparency is the democratization of that access, and it can be profoundly and even violently disruptive.

With these words, Daniel Zarin of the Climate and Land Use Alliance opened a session on Information for Accountability at the 2013 Oslo REDD+ Exchange.

Read more on why REDD+ needs a data revolution: http://bit.ly/1g3cIJo

The Oslo REDD+ Exchange was so far one of the most interesting meetings I went to in my PhD. No boring presentations, but questions from the moderator and the audience. For once also the more difficult (politically charged) questions got asked! All the sessions are online!