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This policy brief introduces the roles that local communities can play in monitoring changes in forest carbon stocks. It discusses lessons learnt from the Community Carbon Accounting Project, which is training local communities in Asia-Pacific countries on forest monitoring, from the perspectives of sustainable development and carbon accounting.
The natural forests of many Asia-Pacific countries are rapidly degrading or disappearing, threatened by a complex array of forces and appropriate measures for sustainable forest management are urgently required. Japan, as a major importer of tropical timber, has considered revising the basic principle for the promotion of eco-friendly products in...