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What are Primary Forests and Why Should We Protect Them?

Primary forests are some of the densest, wildest and most ecologically significant forests on Earth. They span the globe, from the snow-locked boreal region to the steamy tropics, though 75% of them can be found in just seven countries. But what sets these forests apart from your average backyard woodlands, making them so critical to […]

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How Scientists Measure Biodiversity

Forests are crowded places, home to roughly 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, with millions of species competing with and depending on each other for survival. This incredible biodiversity is often one of the key reasons for protecting forests— to preserve the vast variety of life on Earth. But just what is biodiversity anyway, scientifically-speaking? How do biologists […]

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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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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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4 Species That Went Extinct This Century Because of Forest Loss

Scientists have a better understanding of the number of stars and galaxies in the universe than the number of species currently on earth. A little more than 1.7 million species have been described by science and estimates of the total number of species on earth vary wildly between 3 and 100 million. Yet each year this staggering amount of diversity takes a hit.  Research suggests that Earth is currently experiencing its sixth mass extinction. (The last extinction took out the dinosaurs 66 million […]

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10 Big Changes for Forests Over the Last Decade

The last decade was pivotal for the world’s forests. The 2010s saw the rise of unprecedented new commitments — from governments and the private sector alike — to bring deforestation to heel. The UN REDD+ framework, the New York Declaration on Forests and the Sustainable Development Goals set out ambitious targets to conserve and restore millions […]

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Macaws, Movies and a Legacy of Environmental Protection: Q&A With Dr. George Olah, Part 2

As a tool open to everyone, GFW’s maps and data have been used in some creative ways. Dr. George Olah, a conservation geneticist and wildlife filmmaker, employed GFW to help tell the story of one of South America’s most iconic birds in his recent film, The Macaw Kingdom. He has been researching and filming macaws […]

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Macaws, Movies, and a Legacy of Environmental Protection: Q&A with Dr. George Olah, Part 1

As a tool open to everyone, GFW’s maps and data have been used in some creative ways. Dr. George Olah, a conservation geneticist and wildlife filmmaker, employed GFW to help tell the story of one of South America’s most iconic birds in his recent film, The Macaw Kingdom. He has been researching and filming macaws […]

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This 23-year Old Woman is Innovating Forestry in Her Home Country

Sophie Gogibedashvili decided she wanted to be a forester during a hike in her second year of university. In the middle of Georgia’s Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park she was overwhelmed with emotion. “The forest was talking to me,” Sophie recalls. She is still touched by the memory even now, in her office at Georgia’s Center for […]

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The Madagascar Opportunity: Protecting One Island’s Dual Forests

To the outside eye Madagascar is an island known for majestic baobab trees, quality vanilla and charismatic Lemurs leaping through the trees. However, the forests of Madagascar also represent a complex and biodiverse landscape that encompasses not only nature, but also the 26 million people of the island. WRI Madagascar has been working to protect […]

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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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Coatis, Conservation and Cattle Smuggling: The Forests of Petén-Veracruz

Stretching from the Mexican state of Veracruz down to Guatemala and into Belize, the forests of Petén-Veracruz compose a large portion of Central America’s lush tropical landscape.  The Petén-Veracruz Moist Forests are considered an “ecoregion” — a subset of the 14 major biomes designated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). There are 867 terrestrial ecoregions representing distinct collections of species […]