Community involvement in monitoring, reporting and verification of REDD+ activities in East Africa

REDD+ is a policy mechanism aimed at not only reducing carbon dioxide emissions from developing countries through sustainable management of forests, but also at providing co-benefits in terms of biodiversity and livelihoods (UNFCCC, 2010). In principle, therefore, REDD+ is meant to slow (or even reverse) the rate of forest loss and degradation in developing countries, while at the same time providing socioeconomic benefits to communities or at worst not causing undue harm to their well-being. For the objectives of REDD+ to be achieved, therefore, there is need to monitor the forests as well as the socio-economic status of the communities dependent on them.