ICIMOD pilots first Forest Carbon Trust Fund in Nepal - Helps communities benefit from forest conservation and sustainable use (15 June 2011)

Kyoto: Think Global, Act Local

Community carbon forestry as a mitigation option under climate change agreements

The Kyoto: Think Global, Act Local project started in 2003 and came to an end in December 2009. However, the materials that were generated by the project are available on this site and will remain available until 2017. A book summarizing the projects findings is due to be published by Earthscan in December 2010:

Skutsch, M (ed) 2010. Community forest monitoring for the carbon market. Earthscan, London.


Kyoto: Think Global, Act Local (K:TGAL) is a research and capacity building program, financed by the Netherlands Development Cooperation, it is investigating the possibilities and potential for Community Based Forest Management of existing natural forest to be included as an eligible carbon mitigation activity under international climate change agreements in the future, particularly under REDD policy.

The program involves research teams in four regions: East Africa, West Africa, the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea which coordinate the work of a number of local NGOs and conduct experiments with them in villages that are already engaged in CBFM. We are measuring the extent to which CBFM practices increase sequestration in existing forests and reduce emissions of carbon by avoiding deforestation. We are also measuring the (non-carbon) benefits of CBFM in terms of sustainability and livelihoods. The program aims to support developing countries by strengthening capacity to submit such projects for finance under various climate funds, and in particular assesses the potential for community based monitoring of changes in carbonstocks under REDD+.

KTGAL is led by the Twente Centre for Sustainable Development and Technology of the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. For partners, please see the link at the side.


First year of the research: Jan 2003 - March 2004

Second year of the research: April 2004 - July 2005

Third year of research: October 2005 - December 2006

Fourth year of research: June 2007 - June 2008

Final year of research: July 2008 - Dec 2009

Wider implications of the research