Community Monitoring, Reporting and Verification for REDD+: Lessons and Recommendations from a Pilot Project in Guyana

Community Monitoring Reporting and Verification for REDD+
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This report provides a comprehensive overview of the Community Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (CMRV) project in the North Rupununi, Guyana, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). It presents the approach and steps taken in setting up and managing the first phase of this pilot project (2011-2013), as well as some of the key lessons learned, recommendations, and challenges.

The aim of the first phase was to pioneer an approach through which communities could monitor their forests, and also possibly receive payments or other benefits through a REDD+ opt-in mechanism being developed by the Government of Guyana. This initiative has involved collaboration between a team of 32 dedicated community monitors from 16 indigenous Makushi villages, five local project management staff, and partner representatives from the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) and the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development (IIC), with wider cooperation with the Government of Guyana through the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC).

Data has been gathered on wellbeing, natural resource use, land-use change and carbon stocks, in order to generate information that can inform local resource management, and inform the development of national forest monitoring and safeguard information systems as part of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS).

Beyond this, the results of this project hope to move discussions on REDD+ and indigenous participation forward at the national and international levels. The experiences gained and lessons learned during phase 1, documented in this report, will be fundamental to further testing, improving and advocating for community participation in REDD+, as well as other national and international initiatives on forests.