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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.

Indigenous community in Peru tests out the Forest Watcher Mobile App

Forest Watcher Improves Offline Functions for Frontline Forest Defenders

Forest Watcher is designed to serve forest monitors at work in the field. New updates to the app make that easier than ever.

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Introducing Global Forest Watch’s 2020 Small Grants Fund Recipients

This year’s SGF recipients will bring GFW tools and data to more people who can take action against deforestation.

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Geospatial Data Brings Indigenous and Community Lands to the Forefront of Forest Management

Nearly 500 million people around the world live in and depend on forests, making these groups key to sustainable management of forests. Unfortunately, many local and indigenous communities often struggle with visibility and proper government acknowledgement of this role. Data from LandMark, recently added to Global Forest Watch (GFW), can help bring the role of […]

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30 Years of Forest Protection in the Yucatán Peninsula

Pronatura Península de Yucatán A. C. is one of Global Forest Watch’s (GFW) 2019 small grants fund recipients. The Small Grants Fund provides financial and technical support to organizations working in the tropics to turn forest monitoring information into action using GFW. As of March 2020, Pronatura Península de Yucatán A. C. is celebrating its […]

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‘Forest Guardians’ in Nepal Employ Citizen Science to Protect Endangered Red Pandas

Saroj Shrestha and Sony Lama are wildlife conservationists affiliated with Red Panda Network, a conservation organization dedicated to conserving Red Pandas and their habitats throughout Nepal. Red Panda Network is a 2019 Small Grants Fund Recipient. In the misty forests of the Eastern Himalayas, a creature with a fluffy red coat and long bushy tail climbs through the trees. It looks […]

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Protecting Paraguay’s Ancestral Forests with Modern Tech

This is the Gran Chaco. A vast expanse of dry forest, cactus stands and palm savannahs—a stretch of rural Paraguay considered far away from just about everywhere. Despite its remoteness and low population, the Chaco represents both home and livelihood for those who reside there. But the area has become increasingly threatened in the last 20 years as trees are felled in favor of ranches producing beef for export.This is the village of Chaidi, home to the Ayoreo Totobiegosode, an indigenous people

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PARTNER POST: Community forest management combats fires in critical Guatemalan reserve

By Laura Aileen Sauls In the Spring of 2017, national and international media lamented the out-of-control forest fires consuming the pristine jungles of the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR), a two million hectare protected area in the Petén Department of Guatemala. Editorials called for drastic government action, and neighboring Honduras and Mexico sent helicopters to fight […]

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Indigenous Communities Fend Off Invaders in the Peruvian Amazon

By Mikaela Weisse and Ruth Nogueron We motored down a muddy tributary of the Ucayali River in the Peruvian Amazon, moving quickly to make it home before dark. We had travelled upriver the day before with eight monitors from Nuevo Saposoa and Patria Nueva, communities of Peru’s indigenous Shipibo-Conibo people. Our mission: to investigate and document […]