Kyoto: Think Global, Act Local (K:TGAL)
"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+."