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Oil Exploration and Extraction Threatens South American Mangrove Forests

Sometimes described as coral reefs of the forest for the vast diversity of organisms they support, mangrove forests are one of the Earth’s most varied ecosystems. From above, they might look like any other forest, but beneath their canopy, mangroves’ intricate root systems are home to a wealth of marine life. But as human development […]

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By the Numbers: The Value of Tropical Forests in the Climate Change Equation

Protecting tropical forests is essential for achieving the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Global Forest Watch Climate recently released estimated carbon dioxide emissions associated with the 2017 tropical tree cover loss data, and the numbers demonstrate more of what we already knew. If tropical tree cover loss continues at the current rate, it will be nearly impossible to keep warming below the […]

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Global Forest Watch and the Forest Resources Assessment, Explained in 5 Graphics

By Nancy Harris, Rachael Petersen, Crystal Davis and Octavia Payne Today, we have more data about forests than ever before, but we still can’t seem to agree on where, when and why forests are changing around the world. Even two prominent global data sources appear to disagree, at least on the surface. “World deforestation slows […]


GUEST POST: Producing data that matters: Making community monitoring truly participatory

By Rachel Mulbry *The Siekopai and Sionabai nationalities are often referred to as Siekoya and Siona, respectively, in anthropological literature and historical writings. However, Siekopai and Sionabai are the preferred terms. Floating slowly down the shallow Río Kokaya, which forms the southern border of the indigenous Siekopai* territory in the Sucumbíos province of Ecuador, the […]

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How accurate is accurate enough? Examining the GLAD global tree cover change data (Part 1)

Part 2 of this blog series available here. In 2013, Dr. Matt Hansen and collaborators at the University of Maryland’s Global Land Analysis and Discovery group (GLAD), Google, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released the first global scale method for annually monitoring changes in tree cover using 30-meter […]

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How accurate is accurate enough? Examining the GLAD global tree cover change data (Part 2)

Part 1 of this blog series available here. In Part 1 of the GLAD tree cover data accuracy blog series, we explained two different accuracy assessments of the global tree cover loss and gain data produced by Dr. Matt Hansen and collaborators at the University f Maryland’s Global Land Analysis and Discovery group (GLAD), Google, the U.S. […]

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Mill Data: A Step towards Achieving Transparency in the Palm Oil Sector

By Lyndsey Dowell, Anne Rosenbarger and Sarah Lake Palm oil production, a major driver of deforestation in the humid tropics, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia, poses potential reputational risks to companies associated with it. Recognizing these risks, a growing number of firms have announced ambitious commitments to reduce or even completely remove deforestation from their supply […]

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Brazil and Indonesia Struggling to Reduce Deforestation

By Mikaela Weisse and Rachael Petersen New satellite-based data highlight the challenges of reducing forest loss in two of the world’s largest forest-rich countries. Brazil and Indonesia, which have made significant efforts to reduce deforestation in recent years, both saw an uptick in tree cover loss in 2014, according to new data on Global Forest Watch from the University of […]

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PARTNER POST: Deep Learning Could Predict Deforestation Before It Happens: Orbital Insight and Global Forest Watch Partner

Each passing Earth Day brings a stronger sense of urgency to protect our planet as we race toward exhausting its finite resources, like land, food, and water. However, each year also brings new promise for solving this challenge as government, civil society, and industry make greater commitments to a sustainable future. That’s why today, Orbital […]


Tree Cover Loss Spikes in Russia and Canada, Remains High Globally

By Nigel Sizer, Matt Hansen, Peter Potapov, David Thau, Rachael Petersen and James Anderson New, high-resolution satellite-based maps released today by the University of Maryland and Google on Global Forest Watch, a partnership of over 60 organizations convened by the World Resources Institute, reveal a significant recent surge in tree cover loss largely in Russia and […]

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Global Forest Watch Turns One: A Year in Review

It has been one year since the Global Forest Watch (GFW) platform launched, bringing online a cutting-edge dynamic forest monitoring tool that empowers governments, companies, civil society, and other stakeholders around the world with timely, accurate information to better manage and protect their forest landscapes. In this time, thanks to our users and our growing network of now […]

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Apply Now for the Global Forest Watch Small Grants Fund

Global Forest Watch and the World Resources Institute are excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Global Forest Watch Small Grant Fund. The fund is open to civil society organizations working to strengthen local forest management and conservation practices, conduct evidence-based advocacy and campaigning, and/or promote transparency in the forest […]