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Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world.

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.

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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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Global Forest Watch, 10 G Street NE Suite 800

Washington, DC 20002, USA

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Founding partners

Bobo link FundationBluerasterCartoCenter for Global DevelopmentDanidaESRIgefGlobal Forest Watch CanadaGoogleImazonMinistry of Foreign AffairsNorwegian MinistryOSFAScannexSIDAThe Jane Good all InstituteThe Tila FundationTIPOSUNEPUniversity of MarylandUKAIDUSAIDVizzualityWorld Resources Institute

Partners

Agence Française DéveloppementagrosateliteAirbusAstro DigitalBadan Nasional Penanggulangan BencanaBanking Environment InitiativeUniversity of CambridgeCargillForest, Trees and AgroforestryCIATClimate and Land Use AllianceConaforConservation InternationalDigitalGlobeEarth Journalism NetworkEast West Management InstituteEvidensiaHakaICFinabIOI Loders CroklaanJICA-JAXA Forest Early Warning System in the TropicsLAPIGMinepatminfofFundation Moises BertoniMongabayMuyissiOpen Development CambodiaOrbital InsightOsinforRainforest Foundation UKRAISGREDD IndonesiaRefores@amos MexicoResolveRSPORTRSUNEP & WCMCUnileverWoods Hole Research Center

Funders

CargillgefGeneration FoundationIDBIDB | InvestMacArthur FoundationNorwegian MinistryUKAIDUSAID

We welcome others to join the growing GFW partnership.