A framework for monitoring and evaluation of carbon mitigation by farm forestry projects: example of a demonstration project in Chipas, Mexico
In Mexico an estimated 4.5×10<sup>6</sup>ha are available for farm forestry, while up to 6.1×10<sup>6</sup>ha could be saved from deforestation by making shifting agriculture more productive and sustainable. Various farm forestry systems are technically, socially, and economically viable, including live fences, coffee with shade trees, plantations, tree enrichment of fallows, and taungya, with a C-sequestration potential varying from 17.6 to 176.3 Mg C ha<sup>−1</sup>. A self-reporting system with on-site spot checks is presented for the monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and will be tested in a farm forestry C-sequestration pilot project, to begin in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1997. The M&E procedure will facilitate the collection of field data at low cost, help ensure that the systems continue to address the needs of farmers, and give farmers an understanding of the value of the service that they are providing.
Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change (1997) 2 (2/3) 231-246 [DOI: 10.1007/BF02437206]