Community Monitoring, Reporting and Verification

[Taken from the Community MRV blog ]

 Guyana is a leading nation in the international REDD discussions. It’s a country with a low historical deforestation rate but a low level of economic development. Guyana has developed a unique Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) that sets out how it will use international climate finance, such as REDD, to set a new course for development that keeps its forests standing.

We are working with 16 communities in the North Rupununi region of Guyana (map) to create a Community Monitoring scheme for REDD+ that will be complementary to and hopefully feed into the national-level Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system that the Government of Guyana develops as part of its LCDS.

Our Community MRV scheme will hopefully provide a ‘best practice’ model for communities to replicate in other parts of Guyana, Amazonia and tropical forest regions across the world. We hope that our project will help to keep Guyana in a leading position in the development of REDD policy and practice.

Project Partners

Global Canopy Programme
Global Canopy Programme (GCP) works to demonstrate the scientific, political and financial case for safeguarding tropical forests as natural capital essential to human wellbeing and economic prosperity. Its pioneering initiatives such as the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project, the Natural Capital Declaration, the Little Book Series, and the REDD Desk test innovative solutions to protect forests within a global economy that still values them more dead than alive. GCP is a not-for-profit research group and project incubator based in Oxford.

The North Rupununi District Development Board is a registered Trust and an established non-governmental, non-profit, community-based organisation currently representing 16 communities. It is an autonomous body, initially comprising of representatives from 12 indigenous communities in the North Rupununi.  In 1996, it was legally established to link the 12 communities with the Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development, government agencies, and other institutions, on issues relating to community development in the North Rupununi.

Iwokrama International Centre
The Iwokrama Centre was established in 1996 to manage the forest area, following signature the year before of an international agreement between the Guyana Government and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Enshrined in an Act of the Guyana Parliament, the agreement gave the Centre the mandate to “promote the conservation and the sustainable and equitable use of tropical rainforests in a manner that will lead to lasting ecological, economic and social benefits to the people of Guyana and to the world in general”.  In short, the Centre has the task to test the proposition that conservation, environmental balance and sustainable economic activity are mutually reinforcing – that it is possible to use a forest without losing it.

Project Funding
This project is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)


Story from Guyana Times 29 January, 2012