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Tree cover loss due to fires visualized on the GFW map, 2001-2021

Two Decades of Fire-Driven Loss in Unprecedented Detail

New tree cover loss from fires data offers a higher-resolution look than ever before at trends in fire-driven loss over the last 21 years.

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Forest Loss Remained Stubbornly High in 2021

2021 tree cover loss data reveals that the tropics lost 11.1 million hectares of tree cover in 2021 — including 3.75 million hectares within tropical primary rainforests, equivalent to a rate of 10 football pitches a minute.

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Global Forest Watch’s 2021 Data Update Explained

What does the data measure, what is different this year and how does it compare to other data sets? GFW’s 2021 data update explained.

Planet satellite imagery of primary forest removal in Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia on GFW map

Looking for the Quickest Signal of Deforestation? Turn to GFW’s Integrated Alerts

A new integrated deforestation alerts layer combines the analytical power of GLAD, GLAD-S2 and RADD deforestation alerts to provide a faster, more confident view of forest disturbances than any one individual system.

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The Commodity Report: Soy Production’s Impact on Forests in South America

The combination of new data on soy production with annual tree cover loss shows sustainable soy production will require a holistic approach

Indigenous community monitors in Copal Urco plan a patrol to monitor deforestation

Supplied with Tech, Indigenous Forest Monitors Curb Deforestation

A recent study shows that indigenous forest monitors equipped with satellite data saw a 52% reduction in deforestation in the first year.

Deforested area close to Alegria, Madre de Dios.

Higher Resolution Alerts Offer More Detailed Picture of Forest Loss

There’s a new deforestation alert system in town, and it’s monitoring forest loss across the Amazon Basin in greater detail than ever before.

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Assessing Trends in Tree Cover Loss Over 20 Years of Data

As satellite data has improved over time, tree cover loss detection has improved with it. Here’s what that means for analyzing forest trends

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2021 Must Be a Turning Point for Forests. 2020 Data Shows Us Why

Data on forest loss in 2020 shows that this next year will be pivotal to protecting forests and mitigating climate change.

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Primary Rainforest Destruction Increased 12% from 2019 to 2020

2020 tree cover loss data reveals the world lost 4.2 million hectares of primary rainforests last year— an area the size of the Netherlands.

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New Radar Alerts Monitor Forests Through the Clouds

New radar alerts (RADD), have improved detection of deforestation for 31 countries and aid companies pursuing sustainable supply chains

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Just 7 Commodities Replaced an Area of Forest Twice the Size of Germany from 2001-2015

New analysis shows agricultural commodities (cattle, oil palm, soy, cocoa, rubber, coffee and wood fiber) accounted for 26% of global tree cover loss.