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Research on Integrating Community-based Participatory Carbon Measurement and Monitoring with Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS in a Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System for REDD+

A summary of the Sumernet study on implementing an integrated community-based participatory and remote sensing measurement and monitoring system for REDD+ in Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Adaptation challenge

  • An early assessment of community organization strengths and experience will be useful in determining if community organizing and strengthening should be included in the REDD+ set of activities.
  • Training modules for community leaders and community participants in local languages facilitate knowledge transfer and help to ensure success in community involvement as it provides a rationale for why REDD+ projects would seek community support in measuring and monitoring forest carbon.
  • In projects where linkages are weak, or do not exist, between communities and local agencies, the success of community inclusion is less likely to occur. In identifying sub-national REDD+ project activities, an assessment of community linkages to local agencies should be made.
  • Training and capacity building, knowledge transfer for local agency personnel should be a part of the overall REDD+ readiness prior to project implementation. University researchers and NGO staff who may be part of a REDD+ activity should also be carefully vetted to ensure they have appropriate background, knowledge and skills.
  • Identifying land tenure and resource use rights for a project area will help determine the likelihood of successfully integrating community participation in forest carbon measurement and monitoring activities.
  • Project areas where forest laws are well defined and clearly understood by local communities will have more chance of success in REDD+ activities.
  • The integration of local knowledge, tools and methods with modern scientific knowledge, tools and methods should be promoted in REDD+ activities working to build stakeholder participation from communities.

Expected outputs

The Sumernet study on implementing an integrated community-based participatory and remote sensing measurement and monitoring system for REDD+ included three project areas, one each in Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. The project team developed an approach that supports the participation of local communities as stakeholders in the measurement and monitoring of forest carbon. The approach includes capacity building and the use of an MRV/MRE on-line tool to quantify carbon stocks and to report emissions as ex ante scenarios or ex post calculations under a monitoring mechanism.

Timescale of project



Mekong regional

Focal point

Dr. Phung Van Khoa, Deputy Dean of the Postgraduate Studies Faculty, Forestry University of Vietnam Tel: +84 (0) 4 33 840 541 Email: [email protected]


Phung Van Khoa, Jay Samek, Usa Klinhom, Do Xuan Lan, Chetphong Butthep, Sithong Thomanivong, Le Thi Dien, David Skole

Vietnam Forestry University, Mahasarakham University, Hue University, National University of Laos, National Research Council of Thailand, Michigan State University

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