Sunday, June 22, 2014


PUBLICATIONS: IGES Publications on Community-Based Forest Monitoring, REDD+ Project Design, and Verifying Legal Compliance

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has recently published the reports listed below.

  1. Community-based forest biomass monitoring: A manual for training local level facilitators. Community Based Forest Biomass Monitoring (CBFBM) is the monitoring of forest biomass by communities. It is a form of monitoring that ultimately aims to be “driven” and “owned” by the local communities and “guided” and “facilitated” by outside experts. The information that is generated from the monitoring aids the communities in making wise decisions about their forest management. This manual guides the training-of-trainers to build the capacity of the local level facilitators on selecting, testing and adapting the technical parameters and measurement methods for the forest monitoring, and on how to design an effective field training and practice effective facilitation skills that are essential for any participatory methodology with local communities. [Download]
  2. Community-based forest biomass monitoring: Action research in PNG, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR and Vietnam. IGES, together with some of our key partners and local communities, launched an action research project in five countries – Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR and Vietnam – in 2010 to develop and test approaches to engage local communities in forest biomass monitoring. This report reflects some of the knowledge acquired during the action research and describes how the action research evolved in each country. [Download]
  3. REDD+ Projects: Snapshots of REDD+ project designs – 2013. REDD+ projects are invariably complex. There is a need to extract and present the knowledge and lessons that are being generated by them in a systematic and accessible manner. The IGES publication REDD+ Projects: Snapshots of selected REDD+ project designs aims to contribute to meeting this need. This report aims to present a succinct overview of selected REDD+ project designs to provide an understanding of their key design elements and to enable comparison between them. The review covers eight projects using a “snapshot” descriptive template that covers key issues for REDD+ projects aiming to generate carbon offsets without adversely affecting the well-being of local communities and biodiversity. [Download]
  4. Managing forests as a renewable asset for present and future generations: Verifying Legal compliance in forestry in Papua New Guinea. This report aims to contribute to the management of PNG’s forests as a renewable natural asset for the collective benefit of all Papua New Guineans. It argues that to achieve these ends, illegalities in the forest sector need serious attention. The report aims to (i) provide a review of the illegal logging issue in PNG, (ii) identify the potential legality risks that are associated with unverified PNG timber, (iii) set out options for mitigating these risks, and (iv) provide an update on the development and uptake of legality and sustainability standards in PNG. The report is an output under the Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade partnership. [Download]

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