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Indigenous community in Peru tests out the Forest Watcher Mobile App

Forest Watcher Improves Offline Functions for Frontline Forest Defenders

Forest Watcher is designed to serve forest monitors at work in the field. New updates to the app make that easier than ever.

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Introducing Global Forest Watch’s 2020 Small Grants Fund Recipients

This year’s SGF recipients will bring GFW tools and data to more people who can take action against deforestation.

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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 […]

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Triumphs and Challenges of Using Deforestation Alerts in Peru

In 2016, Global Forest Watch (GFW) and the University of Maryland released the world’s most detailed satellite-based deforestation alerts. Since the launch, the GLAD alert system has expanded from just three countries to the entire tropical region and is accessed by hundreds of thousands of users through GFW.   Peru’s Early Warning Alerts After using the GLAD deforestation alerts, […]

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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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5 Creative Projects Using GFW to Protect Forests

Since its launch in 2014, Global Forest Watch’s data and tools have been used by millions of people across the globe. From apps to research reports to documentaries, users have creatively incorporated GFW’s datasets into their projects. Here are five of our favorite projects, recently selected from our User Story Contest, that use GFW to […]

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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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Smartphones and Satellite Imagery: Bringing Environmental Enforcement to the Peruvian Amazon

This article is part of a series of blog posts produced with the Rainforest Foundation US. The series covers a training initiative for more than 36 indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon to use Global Forest Watch’s satellite and monitoring technologies for combating deforestation. Read the previous post here. For the community monitors of Buen […]

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Fighting an Upstream Battle to Protect One of the World’s Tallest Waterfalls

Christel Scheske is a 2018 GFW Tech Fellow. The GFW Tech Fellowship is designed to equip dedicated forest protection advocates from around the world with the skills and technologies to help halt deforestation. Christel lives and works in Peru as a project coordinator for the Conservamos por Naturaleza initiative of  Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental […]

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Smartphones and Satellite Imagery: The Indigenous Monitors of Vista Hermosa Take Action

This article is part of a series of blog posts produced with the Rainforest Foundation US. The series covers a training initiative for more than 36 indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon to use Global Forest Watch’s satellite and monitoring technologies for combating deforestation. Check back for updates about these communities in action. Smart phone […]

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Early Warning Systems for Deforestation: An Explainer

Identifying illegal forest activities using traditional methods such as foot patrols can be time consuming, expensive and often ineffective at stopping clearing before it’s too late. But thanks to recent technological advancements, we can detect forest disturbances more quickly than ever. Authorities can now prioritize areas for investigation and enforcement using satellite data to rapidly […]