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Hutanwatch Spearheads Forest Data Transparency in Malaysia

It started off as a side project. Global Forest Watch (GFW) user, JD*, had a day job at the time — and still does — working with NGOs on forest and land use issues in Malaysia. JD was frustrated with the difficulty of finding reliable maps of forest cover for the country. Much of the […]

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A Carbon-Neutral Land Sector by 2040? Here’s How to Get There

The 1.5 mark holds special resonance in the climate struggle. In the Paris Agreement, Parties agreed to try to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius for the best chance at avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. This August, a special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change unveiled another 1.5 mark: temperatures over land have already risen […]

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Forests in the IPCC Special Report on Land Use: 7 Things to Know

The IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems has just been released.  One thing you don’t see in the title is any reference to “forests” or “deforestation.” As in much of the summary of the report itself, forests are swept into the broader […]

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PARTNER POST: Sur Verde Adaptive Monitoring: Mitigation and Adaptation in Calakmul, Campeche

The Reforestamos Mexico GFW Contest recently recognized Sur Verde’s innovative use of the Global Forest Watch platform in finding solutions to socioenvironmental issues. Learn more about the contests here.   The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 15 provides a framework towards efforts to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt […]

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PARTNER POST: The Importance of Open Data for Conservation in Mexico City

The Reforestamos Mexico GFW Contest recently recognized PAOT’s innovative use of the Global Forest Watch platform as a first-place winner in the “public policy analysis” category. Learn more about the contest here. Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, is one of the largest and most populous areas in the Western Hemisphere, spanning almost 150,000 hectares and is […]

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PARTNER POST: Reforestamos Mexico Inspires Public Participation in Forest Monitoring

The partnership for Mexico’s forests As part of our mission to increase the availability of forests for sustainable development, our team at Reforestamos Mexico has been collaborating with Global Forest Watch (GFW) and Mexico’s National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) to promote forest monitoring and information transparency among decisionmakers and citizens throughout Mexico. Over the last three […]

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Global Tree Cover Loss Rose 51 Percent in 2016

Tersedia dalam Bahasa Indonesia di sini. Disponible en español aquí. Disponible en portugués aquí. Global tree cover loss reached a record 29.7 million hectares (73.4 million acres) in 2016, according to new data from the University of Maryland released today on Global Forest Watch. The loss is 51 percent higher than the previous year, totaling an area about […]

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Map of the Week: Using GLAD Alerts to monitor Intact Forest Landscapes in Peru

By Sofia Soto Reyes Peru ranks as one of the ten most biodiverse countries on the planet, with more than half of its territory made up of the Amazon Rainforest. The Ucayali region, named for the Ucayali River, which serves as the main mode of transport for Peru’s timber trade, flows through a part of the Peruvian Amazon that is designated as an Intact Forest Landscape (IFL). Global Forest Watch’s Intact Forest Landscapes layer displays the extent of world’s last remaining undisturbed forests, […]

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VIDEO: Matt Hansen and Andrew Steer Discuss the Future of Forests

Watch Dr. Matt Hansen, Professor at the University of Maryland, and Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO of World Resources Institute, discuss the future of forests. Data in this video is provided courtesy of the Berkeley Earth Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Google Earth Engine, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Maryland, […]

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New Climate Commitments on Forests and Land Will Reduce Emissions by 2%, but More Needed

By Fred Stolle, Taryn Fransen, Ranping Song, Hana Biru, James Anderson and Octavia Payne As countries refine their national commitments (called INDCs) presented at the climate negotiations under way in Paris, it is important to think beyond power plants and automobiles. Forestry, agriculture and other land use represent more than 20 percent of global emissions, and are […]

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4 Reasons to Be Hopeful About Forests at COP 21

By Nigel Sizer and James Anderson World leaders will meet in Paris next week and hopefully forge a historic agreement to fight climate change. We will need every tool at our disposal, including sensible policies and new technologies for clean energy and transportation. But we also have to go back to our roots. Forests, which cover a third […]

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Increasing Forest Transparency through the Open Government Partnership

By Jessica Webb How can open government accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda? That’s the big question on the table at this year’s Global Summit of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an initiative dedicated to increasing government transparency and citizen empowerment. One overlooked answer to that question is “forests.” Forests […]