Global Forest Watch Blog

Stay atop the latest forest research and news! The Global Forest Watch blog uses data to illuminate the state of forests worldwide and tells the stories of people dedicated to protecting them. Read about rainforests, deforestation, fires, sustainable agriculture, forest management and other topics critical to the future of forests.

Featured Articles

overview of a river in Pantanal, Brazil
Apr 04, 2024|Forest Insights|

Tropical Forest Loss Drops Steeply in Brazil and Colombia, but High Rates Persist Overall

Aerial footage of palm oil and the forest in Sentabai Village, West Kalimantan, 2017.
Apr 04, 2024|Data & Tools|6 minutes

Global Forest Watch’s 2023 Tree Cover Loss Data Explained

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Mar 27, 2024|Users In Action|4 minutes

Voices of Global Forest Watch: Justice Camillus Mensah, Hen Mpoano 

Ripe Cocoa pods from a cocoa farm in Ghana.
Feb 14, 2024|Data & Tools|10 minutes

Ending Deforestation from Cocoa in West Africa with New Data-Driven Resources

Featured Articles
overview of a river in Pantanal, Brazil
Apr 04, 2024|Forest Insights|

Tropical Forest Loss Drops Steeply in Brazil and Colombia, but High Rates Persist Overall

Aerial footage of palm oil and the forest in Sentabai Village, West Kalimantan, 2017.
Apr 04, 2024|Data & Tools|6 minutes

Global Forest Watch’s 2023 Tree Cover Loss Data Explained

Justice_YTThumb_v001
Mar 27, 2024|Users In Action|4 minutes

Voices of Global Forest Watch: Justice Camillus Mensah, Hen Mpoano 

Ripe Cocoa pods from a cocoa farm in Ghana.
Feb 14, 2024|Data & Tools|10 minutes

Ending Deforestation from Cocoa in West Africa with New Data-Driven Resources

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Net forest greenhouse gas flux 2001-2022
Apr 26, 2024|Data & Tools|11 minutes

What’s New With GFW’s Forest Carbon Monitoring

Carbon monitoring data on GFW provides information on where forests are gaining or losing carbon. We updated the model in 2023 and 2024.

Aerial view of the Amazon Rainforest
Jan 18, 2024|Data & Tools|8 minutes

Comparing Forest Extent in 2020 from Global Forest Watch and the Forest Resources Assessment

This blog compares the forest extent in 2020 for data from UMD on GFW and the FAO Forest Resources Assessment and explains the differences.

Side by side comparison of UMD tree cover loss and JRC Tropical Moist Forest data
Jan 08, 2024|Data & Tools|10 minutes

Differences Between Global Forest Watch’s Tree Cover Loss Data and JRC’s Tropical Moist Forest Data Explained

We explain key differences between two data sets that track forest change in the tropics: UMD tree cover loss and JRC Tropical Moist Forest.

AMPA volunteer using Forest Watcher
Nov 28, 2023|Users In Action|8 minutes

Forest Guardians in Action: Amazónicos por la Amazonía Tackles Environmental Crimes with GFW

GFW Small Grants Fund recipient AMPA is working with communities and authorities to to verify and raise awareness of environmental crimes.

Forest in Sweden
Nov 22, 2023|Forest Insights|6 minutes

Timber Harvesting and Climate Change Are Depleting Europe’s Mature Forests

A new study found that important tall, mature forests are declining in some parts of Europe due to timber harvesting and climate change.

Suriname forests
Nov 20, 2023|Users In Action|

Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Are Using Satellite Data to Fight Deforestation

Communities are increasingly using tools like GFW to gather evidence of deforestation and degradation on their lands and take legal action.  

Timber logging
Nov 13, 2023|Data & Tools|12 minutes

Monitoring Forest Degradation for the EU Deforestation Regulation Using GFW

Under the EUDR, wood products entering the EU market must be degradation-free. Tools like GFW can help companies monitor for degradation.

African savannah elephants in the Maasai Mara
Sep 20, 2023|Users In Action|5 minutes

Protecting Critical Forest Habitats in the Maasai Mara with Mara Elephant Project

Maasai Mara forests in Kenya are vital for communities and wildlife. Mara Elephant Project helps protect these forests with data from GFW.

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Aug 29, 2023|Forest Insights|9 minutes

The Latest Data Confirms: Forest Fires Are Getting Worse

The latest data on forest fires confirms: Fires are becoming more widespread, burning nearly twice as much tree cover today as 20 years ago.