A new occasional paper from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) highlights the efforts of Mexican member states of the Governors’ Climate and Forests (GCF) Task Force to improve forest Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems. The paper, titled ‘The politics of REDD+ MRV in Mexico – The interplay of the national and subnational levels’, was carried out as part of CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+.
In the paper, the researchers note that state level institutions have bolstered their capacity to carry out MRV activities in recent years, and suggest these efforts have substantial potential to transform how actors at different governance level collaborate. The report specifically examined how support from the Nature Conservancy and GCF Task Force has advanced the development of technical MRV working groups in GCF states. While advances have been made, additional efforts are needed to clarify roles and responsibilities and establish even more robust cooperation and integration between institutions according to the researchers.
The authors note that lessons learned from Mexico can be valuable in advancing integration between subnational and national forest monitoring efforts globally, and concludes that additional financial, technical, and administrative support is needed for Mexico to achieve the potential for innovation that its REDD+ MRV system presents.
The full report can be found here.