Community Carbon Accounting (CCA)
Research Videos (YouTube site) Excel

Video Series:
Community-based forest monitoring
in Papua New Guinea

Community-based forest carbon accounting
in Indonesia

  1. Policy Brief
    Community-based Forest Monitoring for REDD+: Lessons and reflflections from the field
    October 2012
    REDD+のためのコミュニティ主体の森林モニタリング:現場から得られた教訓と考察 (Japanese)
  2. Policy Report
    Community-Based Forest Biomass Monitoring: Action Research In PNG, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR And Vietnam
    March 2014
  3. Manual
    Community based forest biomass monitoring: A manual for training local level facilitators
    March 2014
  4. Leaflet
    Community Carbon Accounting (1.7MB)

Good forest management in developing countries is an important part of the solution to mitigating global climate change. Governments are developing a global mechanism known as REDD+ that will provide incentives to developing countries to implement activities that protect and enhance their forest carbon stocks. To assess the contribution of REDD+ activities to global climate change mitigation, accurate monitoring of forest carbon is required. While the monitoring of forest carbon is a highly technical issue, with adequate support, communities who live close to the forests can make an important contribution, having relevant knowledge of ecosystems and removals of biomass.

In particular, when communities themselves are forest owners and managers, it makes good sense for them to be involved in any efforts to generate scientifically verifiable data to monitor carbon stocks in their forests. With this capacity and knowledge, communities will be in a much stronger position to understand the trade-offs of alternative forest uses and to negotiate with outsiders (carbon professionals, etc.). Community involvement in carbon accounting will also increase local understanding and ownership of REDD+, which will increase the likelihood of long-term emissions reductions and reduce social and environmental risks. Providing communities with roles and responsibilities for REDD+ implementation, such as carbon accounting, and rewarding them is likely to result in more sustainable outcomes than distributing REDD+ benefits freely (i.e. paying people for what they do, rather than just for what they have).

The project is being implemented at project sites in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Laos according to local contexts, opportunities and needs, with a common overall approach that consists of the following elements: awareness raising and capacity building on REDD+; testing of measurement methods and sample plot designs; mapping and stratification of the forests to reflect spatial variations in forest carbon stocks and management types; setting up and measurement of sample plots; and estimation and monitoring of forest carbon stocks and biomass removals.

The CCA Action Research Project combines activities that are being implemented with the generous support of the Ministry of Environment of Japan and the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN). The APN is providing support for a 3-year project being implemented by IGES and its partners titled Participatory Approaches to Forest Carbon Accounting to Mitigate Climate Change, Conserve Biodiversity and Promote Sustainable Development. The project runs from January 2011 to December 2013.

Key partners that IGES is collaborating with in designing and conducting the research are RECOFTC - The Centre for Forests and People, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) , Foundation for People and Community Development (FPCD) , Indonesia National Forestry Council (Dewan Kehutanan Nasional - DKN) , ARuPA , and Faculty of Forestry, National University of Laos.

Related link

Semoyo Village reporting forest carbon monitoring blog through village blog
IGES, the National Forestry Council of Indonesia (DKN) and ARuPA (an Indonesian NGO specializing in community forestry) has supported Semoyo Village, Java, Indonesia to assess and monitor the carbon stocks in their forests, as one step towards gaining further benefits from their forest management. Through their own initiative, Semoyo villages are reporting on their forest management, including forest carbon monitoring, and utilization through the following Blog (in Bahasa Indonesian) and share the information they have learnt on climate change through radio programmes.

Activities in FY2013
  1. Workshop Report
    IGES-VFU-RECOFTC "Participatory Action Research for Community Based Natural Resource Management Workshop" in Vietnam
Activities in FY2012
  1. Action Research Summary
    Indonesia (552KB)
    Laos (2.0MB)
    PNG (1.4MB)
    Vietnam (2.0MB)
Activities in FY2011
  1. Action Research Summary
    Indonesia (226KB)
    Laos (107KB)
    PNG (1.4MB)
    Cambodia (1.7MB)
  2. Workshop Reports
    Regional reflection and sharing workshop 2012, Mondol Kiri Cambodia (415KB)
    FPCD - IGES Planning, Review and GIS Training Workshop, Madang PNG (3.2MB)
Activities in FY2010
  1. Action Research Summary
    Indonesia (194KB)
    PNG (249KB)
    Cambodia (331KB)
  2. Workshop Reports
    Training Workshop on Community Carbon Accounting  (CCA),  Seima, Mondulkiri Cambodia (173KB)
    INA-IGES REDD+, PES and Benefit Sharing Workshop(INA Website)
    Reflection Workshop on Community Carbon Accounting, Yogyakarta Indonesia (388KB)

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