Bulletin of the Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Kyushu University
Online ISSN : 1881-4212
Print ISSN : 0915-499X
ISSN-L : 0915-499X
Local community participation in forest biomass monitoring: A case study from the action research project in Lao PDR
Saykham BoutthavongKimihiko Hyakumura
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2016 Volume 39 Issue 1 Pages 001-012


Monitoring of forest cover and carbon sequestration changes under reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) scheme is not only required for remote sensing technology, but also ground base monitoring. This study aims to identify the procedure of knowledge and skills of both inexperienced and experienced villagers use of tree measurement tools have improved after participated in the trainings. The villagers’ perspective towards acquired knowledge and skills were also explored. In this case study, we selected villagers of Napo who participated in the action research project on forest carbon accounting in Laos. We then classified villagers into two groups “inexperienced” and “experienced” villagers. Our results indicate the knowledge and skills of the inexperienced’ villagers use of inventory tools have been improved as experienced’ villagers after joining the training and field site testing activities. Even though some villagers are facing difficulties of using the advanced forest inventory tools, their skills and knowledge have been increased after participation in the action research activities. This study highlighted the enhancement of knowledge and skills of local villagers through the training and field site testing, and provided an opportunity to participate and contribute on the future of REDD+ MRV effort.

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