Grants & Fellowships

The Small Grants Fund and Tech Fellowship support civil society organizations and individuals around the world to use Global Forest Watch in their advocacy, research, and field work.

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MEET THE GRANTEES AND FELLOWS

With financial and technical support from GFW, organizations and individuals around the world are using Global Forest Watch to monitor large-scale land-use projects, enforce community land rights, defend critical habitat, and influence forest policy.

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Global Wildlife Conservation

Global Wildlife Conservation trained indigenous forest rangers to plan patrol routes using GFW data and present evidence to local authorities, which resulted in eviction of perpetrators of illegal deforestation.

2015 - Nicaragua

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Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental (SPDA)

Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental developed an early warning alert system, based on GFW data, for managers of private protected areas in the Amazonas region of Peru.

2015 - Peru

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Amazon Conservation Association (ACA)

Amazon Conservation Association collaborated with decision-makers in the Andean Amazon to establish a near real-time deforestation monitoring system.

2014 - Ecuador, Peru

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Blue Ventures

Blue Ventures strengthened community-based mangrove management in Madagascar.

2014 - Madagascar

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Friends of Siberian Forests

Friends of Siberian Forests created a network of “Forest Watchers” in Eastern Siberia to monitor local forest issues.

2014 - Russia

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Group for Environment, Renewable Energy, and Solidarity (GERES)

GERES analyzed the impacts of charcoal production on the forests of Cambodia’s cardamom mountains.

2014 - Cambodia

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Private Institute for Climate Change Research (ICC)

Private Institute for Climate Change Research (ICC) convened a multistakeholder initiative to evaluate the application of GFW in Guatemala.

2014 - Guatemala

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Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV)

Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV) mapped logging activity in Mato Grosso, Brazil, and produced an analysis of illegal deforestation for government officials.

2014 - Brazil

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Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA)

The Maya Leaders Alliance supported indigenous leaders in Southern Belize to map community land boundaries and use digital technology for forest monitoring.

2014 - Belize

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Perkumpulan Rincong

Perkumpulan Rincong enabled six forest communities in Aceh, Indonesia to manage their customary forest with GFW.

2014 - Indonesia

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Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF)

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) improved forest protection in Sri Lanka by using deforestation alerts to inform and improve the response time of local law enforcement.

2014 - Sri Lanka

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Society of Indonesian Environmental Journalists (SIEJ)

Society of Indonesian Environmental Journalists (SIEJ) created effective storytelling of environmental issues by producing media packages using Global Forest Watch data, interviews and imagery of six locations in Indonesia.

2014 - Indonesia

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African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

The African Wildlife Foundation trained eco-guards in using Global Forest Watch to protect a large swath of the Bili Uele Protected Area in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

2015 - Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Asociación Guyra Paraguay

Asociacion Guyra Paraguay mapped forest loss from land use change in the Grand Chaco region to identify deforestation drivers and encourage government action to respond.

2015 - Paraguay

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Bruno Manser Fonds

Bruno Manser Fonds used drones to ground truth alerts on indigenous lands in Borneo and documented illegal deforestation to provide evidence for litigation.

2015 - Malaysia

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Center for Sustainable Economy

Center for Sustainable Economy trained citizens in Oregon to use GFW to help enforce existing forest laws and influence policy.

2015 - United States

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Community Commons

Community Commons established an online forest education platform based on GFW data and created a learning exchange between high school students in Russia and the United States.

2015 - Russia, United States

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Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth- Nigeria (ERAFOEN)

Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth- Nigeria helped communities to map three forest reserves in Nigeria using GFW data, which resulted in the revocation of land grabbed by palm oil companies.

2015 - Nigeria

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Fundación para el Desarrollo de Políticas Sostenibles (FUNDEPS)

FUNDEPS identified areas of high deforestation in Argentina and effectively saved over 13,000 hectares of forest that were illegally authorized to be deforested.

2015 - Argentina

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Instituto Araguaia

Instituto Araguaia established a legally recognized conservation buffer zone between two state parks in Brazil’s Cerrado region by using Global Forest Watch knowledge and data.

2015 - Brazil

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Regional Water Fund FORAGUA

Regional Water Fund FORAGUA trained local authorities, journalists and educators on using Global Forest Watch to monitor threats to Ecuadoran watersheds.

2016 - Ecuador

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Reporter Brasil

Reporter Brasil used Global Forest Watch data and graphics to investigate and report on the impact of hydroelectric dam development in the Brazilian Amazon.

2015 - Brazil

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The Ecological Society

The Ecological Society used forest loss alerts around dam catchments to improve biological restoration programs.

2015 - India

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Transparent World

Transparent World compiled data about high conservation value forests in Russia and made it publicly available to promote informed decision-making in the forest sector.

2015 - Russia

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Women Research Institute (WRI)

Women Research Institute provided GFW data and advocacy training to women’s groups in Riau, Indonesia to empower them to influence how agribusinesses operate near their villages.

2015 - Indonesia

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African Conservation Foundation

African Conservation Foundation used GFW data with participatory 3D mapping processes to guide the establishment of a community-managed forest in Cameroon.

2016 - Cameroon

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Abigail Frimpong

Abigail will work with five community resource management areas (CREMAs) in the Western Region of Ghana to improve their forest monitoring efforts.

2019 - Ghana

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Amazon Conservation Team (ACT)

Amazon Conservation Team trained indigenous community members on the Forest Watcher mobile app and other data collection tools to effectively monitor forest threats.

2016 - Colombia, Suriname

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Asociacion Ambiente y Sociedad

Asociacion Ambiente y Sociedad built an online platform that alerts community members to the impacts of mega-infrastructure projects in Colombia.

2016 - Colombia

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Global SchoolNet Foundation

Global SchoolNet Foundation incorporated GFW into a global forest learning program for middle and high school students.

2016 - Ecuador, Nigeria, Russia, United States

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People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature)

People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) developed indicators and a monitoring system for a Payment for Ecosystem Services program in Vietnam, based on Global Forest Watch data.

2016 - Vietnam

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Pronatura

Pronatura incorporated GFW data into an online mapping platform for decision-makers in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula.

2016 - Mexico

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Proyecto Mono Tocón

Proyecto Mono Tocón trained communities on using GFW alerts to dispatch drones and position acoustic sensors to investigate forest threats in Peru.

2016 - Peru

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Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM)

Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management used GFW alerts to guide community forest patrols on the border between Belize and Guatemala.

2016 - Belize, Guatemala

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The ProForest Initiative

The ProForest Initiative used carbon value and land use data to create a dashboard for farmers and agriculture companies to guide more sustainable land use decisions.

2016 - Honduras, United Kingdom

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Working Group on Forest Certification Ghana

Working Group on Forest Certification Ghana supported law enforcement and communities in using GFW to combat illegal logging and forest-related crime in Ghana.

2016 - Ghana

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Amazonicos por la Amazonia (AMPA)

Amazonicos por la Amazonia trained members of a network of 35 conservation areas in Peru’s San Martín region on near real-time surveillance and response.

2017 - Peru

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Brazilian Team for the Conservation of the Amazon (ECAM)

Brazilian Team for the Conservation of the Amazon (ECAM) gathered evidence about the impacts of deforestation on seven indigenous populations.

2017 - Brazil

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Fondation Camerounaise de la Terre Vivante (FCTV)

Fondation Camerounaise de la Terre Vivante (FCTV) trained local communities in southern Cameroon to use Forest Watcher and GFW alerts to identify illegal activities in near real-time.

2017 - Cameroon

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HCV Resource Network

HCV Resource Network developed a rapid response protocol for High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas, based on GFW alerts.

2017 - United Kingdom

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Rainforest Foundation US

Rainforest Foundation US supported community forest monitors and Peru’s National Protected Area Service to use GFW alerts and the Forest Watcher app to halt deforestation.

2017 - Peru

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Reporter Brasil

Reporter Brasil produced investigative reports to raise awareness of how the involvement of communities in forest protection is crucial for long-term success.

2017 - Brazil

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Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental (SPDA)

Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental worked with a network of private protected areas in Peru to create a deforestation monitoring system.

2017 - Peru

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TuK Indonesia

TuK Indonesia integrated fire alerts into an existing database that links financiers to companies operating in forest-risk sectors, to encourage banks to adopt “no fire” policies.

2017 - Indonesia

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Esaie Dufitimana

Esaie will apply GFW tools to monitor deforestation drivers in the Nyungwe and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks in Rwanda.

2019 - Rwanda

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Women Research Institute (WRI)

Women Research Institute engaged women’s groups in Riau to develop a community-based early warning system for fires due to slash-and-burn clearing for agriculture.

2017 - Indonesia

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Christel Scheske

Christel Scheske collaborated with the Cocachimba community to map, monitor and conserve the Gocta Waterfall catchment system in Amazonas, Peru.

2018 - Peru

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Harry Surjadi

Harry Surjadi worked on a grassroots communication system, “Information Broker,” that allows communities to monitor and report on harmful forest activities.

2018 - Indonesia

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Johan Hardjopawiro

Johan Hardjopawiro worked with the Matawai community in central Suriname to develop a sustainable forest monitoring program.

2018 - Suriname

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Robert Tumwesigye Baganda

Robert Tumwesigye Baganda monitored drivers of forest degradation and trained forest monitors on GFW tools across three different forest reserves in Uganda.

2018 - Uganda

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Tatiana NGANGOUM NANA

Tatiana Ngangoum Nana used Global Forest Watch tools to support her forest monitoring and GIS work for Cameroon’s REDD+ project.

2018 - Cameroon

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Leonard Akwany

Leonard will use GFW tools to develop forest monitoring indicators for the transboundary Mount Elgon Forest Landscape in Uganda and Kenya.

2019 - Kenya, Uganda

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Madeleine Ngeunga

Madeleine will raise awareness of tree cover loss in Cameroon through storytelling and data visualizations, as well as train young journalists in the use of GFW tools and data.

2019 - Cameroon

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Amazon Conservation Association

Amazon Conservation Association is expanding their GLAD alert-based monitoring system to the Western Amazon scale to confront drivers of deforestation in the region.

2019 - Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

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Amazon Conservation Team

Amazon Conservation Team is training Amazon Conservation Rangers and indigenous communities in Suriname on the use of GFW tools and data to protect and monitor their territories from mining and timber harvesting.

2019 - Suriname

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Amazónicos por la Amazonía – AMPA

Amazónicos por la Amazonía is implementing a GFW-based control and surveillance system within the Voluntary and Communal Conservation Network of San Martin, Peru.

2019 - Peru

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Association for the Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua – “PANA PANA”

PANA PANA will strengthen the forest monitoring capacity of the territorial leaders of 84 communities in the Municipality of Waspam Rio Coco, Nicaragua.

2019 - Nicaragua

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HAkA

HAkA is improving the forest monitoring capacity of law enforcement officers and forest rangers in the Aceh province of Indonesia.

2019 - Indonesia

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Pronatura Península de Yucatán A.C

Pronatura is incorporating GLAD alerts into their Maya Forest Watch monitoring platform in an effort to irmpove local capacities to protect three Biosphere Reserves in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico.

2019 - Mexico

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Publish What You Pay Indonesia

Publish What You Pay Indonesia is using GFW to strengthen community participation in monitoring forest threatened by mining in West Papua, Indonesia.

2019 - Indonesia

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Rainforest Foundation US

Rainforest Foundation US is scaling field training in deforestation monitoring using GLAD alerts and Forest Watcher to indigenous communities in Loreto, Peru.

2019 - Peru

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Red Panda Network

Red Panda Network is developing a community-based wildlife management system to protect red panda forested habitats in Nepal.

2019 - Nepal

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SAILD

SAILD is using GFW to monitor and protect the Deng Deng National Park in Cameroon, which is threatened by the development of the Lom Pangar Hydroelectric Dam.

2019 - Cameroon

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The Center for People and Forests

The Center for People and Forests is collaborating with Tempo Witness to develop a citizen science fire monitoring system using Forest Watcher and VIIRS active fire alerts in the Jambi Province of Indonesia.

2019 - Indonesia

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World Wildlife Fund - Paraguay

World Wildlife Fund-Paraguay is developing a methodology to prioritize GLAD alerts in the Paraguayan Chaco.

2019 - Paraguay

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Cooperativa Ambio

Ambio will work with the Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) to strengthen community-based deforestation prevention activities across 11 natural protected areas in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.

2020 - Mexico

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Amazónicos por la Amazonía – AMPA

AMPA will strengthen the forest control and surveillance system across 43 conservation initiatives within the Volunteer and Communal Conservation Network of San Martín, Peru.

2020 - Peru

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Code for Africa

Code for Africa will train Central African journalists to use GFW and publish stories on deforestation in the region.

2020 - Cameroon, Uganda

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Earth Innovation Institute (EII)

Earth Innovation Institute will train the Pato River Municipal Settlers Association (AMCOP) in Colombia on the use of GFW’s early warning tools to monitor deforestation, and coordinate response actions with the San Vicente del Caguán municipal government.

2020 - Colombia

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Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI)

FAPI will use GFW to support the consolidation of territorial forest rights and indigenous territorial governance of the Ayoreo Totobiegosode Cultural Natural Heritage (PNCAT) in Paraguay.

2020 - Paraguay

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Genesis Bengkulu Foundation

Genesis Bengkulu Foundation will train local communities to use GFW to protect the Seblat Forest Landscape in Indonesia.

2020 - Indonesia

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HAkA

HAkA will continue to support and build the monitoring capacity of forestry government agencies in Aceh, Indonesia - specifically the Forest Management Unit (KPH) and National Park Agency (BPTN).

2020 - Indonesia

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Instituto Boliviano de Investigación Forestal (IBIF)

IBIF will strengthen the deforestation and fire activities of the Forestry Technical Unit of the Central of Original Communities of Lomerío (CICOL) in Bolivia using GFW tools.

2020 - Bolivia

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Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV)

ICV will train the Mato Grosso Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPMT) in Brazil to use GFW to curb deforestation and hold landholders accountable for environmental crimes

2020 - Brazil

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Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam (KUASA)

KUASA will strengthen forest stewardship of the Titiwangsa Central Forest Spine in Malaysia by building the forest monitoring capacity of the Orang Asli indigenous communities.

2020 - Malaysia

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Ny Tanintsika

Ny Tanintsika will build capacity to monitor deforestation zone of the Ambositra Vondrozo forest corridor (COFAV) protected area in Madagascar.

2020 - Madagascar

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Repórter Brasil

Repórter Brasil will highlight the environmental impacts of Brazil's economic policies on indigenous lands in the Brazilian Amazon.

2020 - Brazil

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SAILD

SAILD will strengthen the forest monitoring efforts within the Deng Deng National Park in Cameroon.

2020 - Cameroon