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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.

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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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Taking the Pulse of the World’s Forests with the Global Forest Review

The Global Forest Review bridges the gap between available forest data and insights and analyses that can make a difference.

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Use of GLAD Alerts Led to 18% Reduction in Deforestation in Monitored African Forests

A recent study shows that using GLAD deforestation alerts to monitor forests correlates with reduced forest losses—by at least 18% in Africa.

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Progress Must Speed Up to Protect and Restore Forests by 2030

Progress on stopping deforestation and restoring forests must dramatically speed up in order to meet the 2030 NYDF goals.

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We Now Have Unprecedented Access to Satellite Imagery. How Do We Turn This Into Action?

High-resolution imagery from Planet is now available on GFW, making it easier than ever to spot deforestation on the scale of a single tree.

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GLAD Deforestation Alerts, Explained

GLAD deforestation alerts update weekly, showing areas of recent lost to forest defenders across the tropics to encourage action.

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What You Need to Know About GFW’s 2019 Tree Cover Loss Data

New data from the University of Maryland (UMD), released on Global Forest Watch, shows that tropical primary forests sustained high losses in 2019. But what does this data show about the causes of loss, and how does it compare to the other estimates of loss out there? Here’s what you need to know about the […]

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We Lost a Football Pitch of Primary Rainforest Every 6 Seconds in 2019

What is tree cover loss? Tree cover loss is not the same as deforestation. “Tree cover” can refer to trees in plantations as well as natural forests, and “tree cover loss” is the removal of tree canopy due to human or natural causes, including fire. The data presented here do not take tree restoration or […]

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How Rainforests are Formed, and How They are Being Destroyed

Tropical rainforests are one of the world’s most complex ecosystems. These hot and humid forests harbor millions of species—10 percent of the world’s known species can be found in the Amazon alone—which together form a unique structure that rises in stories from the forest floor to the tops of the tallest trees. Each of these […]

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Detecting “Hot Spots” Along Frontiers of Forest Loss

Plagued by for many years by wildlife poachers and deforestation, the northern tip of Chiquibul, Belize’s largest national park, became a hot spot of forest loss in 2019. In an age of climate destabilization and the largest mass extinction in 66 million years, primary forests like Chiquibul are strongholds of carbon storage and species habitat […]