WHAT IS GLOBAL FOREST WATCH?

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WHO USES GLOBAL FOREST WATCH?

Thousands of people around the world use GFW every day to monitor and manage forests, stop illegal deforestation and fires, call out unsustainable activities, defend their land and resources, sustainably source commodities, and conduct research at the forefront of conservation.

Since its launch in 2014, over 4 million people have visited Global Forest Watch from every single country in the world.

HOW DOES GFW CREATE CHANGE?

It's hard to manage what you can't measure. Global Forest Watch makes the best available data about forests available online for free, creating unprecedented transparency about what is happening in forests worldwide. Better information supports smarter decisions about how to manage and protect forests for current and future generations, and greater transparency helps the public hold governments and companies accountable for how their decisions impact forests. GFW data is accessed daily by governments, companies, civil society organizations, journalists, and everyday people who care about their local forests.

Impacts

Environmental Investigation Agency
Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) used satellite-based data from GFW to break a story about the company United Cacao clearing intact forests in Peru illegally. GFW's data helped ACA investigate the case and communicate the extent of the damage, ultimately leading to United Cacao losing its listing on the London Stock Exchange.
Jane Goodall Institute
Forest monitors from Uganda's National Forest Authority (NFA) used GFW's GLAD deforestation alerts to detect a small-scale illegal logging camp in the Kasyoha Kitomi Forest Reserve. The NFA prosecuted the loggers using GFW data, leading to a fine for the violation.
Environmental Investigation Agency
Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) used satellite-based data from GFW to break a story about the company United Cacao clearing intact forests in Peru illegally. GFW's data helped ACA investigate the case and communicate the extent of the damage, ultimately leading to United Cacao losing its listing on the London Stock Exchange.

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History

1997

1997

The World Resources Institute (WRI) established Global Forest Watch in 1997 as part of the Forest Frontiers Initiative. It started as a network of NGOs producing up-to-date reports about the state of forests in four pilot countries: Cameroon, Canada, Gabon, and Indonesia.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Open Development Cambodia
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REDD Indonesia
Refores@amos Mexico
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RSPO
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UNEP & WCMC
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Generation Foundation
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