Grassroots Independent Forest Monitoring
ForestLink is making this a reality – enabling communities to defend their lands, denounce illegal activities, environmental destruction and abuses and to connect with civil society organisations to advocate for their rights.
Monitors and community members are in regular contact with partner field officers who work on the ground. This allows our team to be kept aware of security issues facing the monitors.
Community-based monitoring is a simple and low-cost solution for combatting forest illegalities and human rights violations. ForestLink alerts can be sent for the cost of a text message and on average, deploying the system costs US$ 6 per hectare a year, a drop in the ocean compared inefficient forest protection programmes – or the cost of inaction. The information provided is reliable, secure, available in real-time, and allows for the monitoring of large forest areas. An ever-growing number of communities are asking our partners and community monitors to help train their villages on the system, multiplying the effect of our interventions.