In Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, forestry experts from across Asia participated in a Regional Knowledge Exchange Event on Participatory Forest Monitoring that examined emerging models of how communities and government can work together to monitor forest resources.

The event, hosted by the Lam Dong Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and co-organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF), SilvaCarbon and the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, provided a forum for projects and governments from nine Asian countries to share experiences on piloting participatory forest monitoring.

In addition to examining case studies from around the region, participants visited a company-owned forest and a current hotspot for deforestation and degradation in the buffer zone of Cat Tien National Park to see first-hand how participatory forest monitoring is being applied in the field. Participants developed a strategy for how participatory forest monitoring models can inform national forest monitoring systems.

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update