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PARTNER POST: Forest Monitoring and Climate Change: the Science, Economics and Politics

By Jonah Busch, Center for Global Development Climate change disproportionately threatens the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. Tropical forests are critical to preventing climate change and supporting sustainable development. Results-based payments show promise as a way to protect tropical forests. And technological innovations in forest monitoring are helping advance not just the science of […]

Intact Forest Landscapes Matter for Climate Change. Here Are 3 Reasons Why.

Nancy Harris, Samantha Gibbes and Peter Potapov The Ulu Masen forest ecosystem in the northern part of Indonesia’s Aceh province forms part of the largest single forested area in South East Asia. Photo by DFID (Flickr) shared under a creative common license. A new study in Science Advances found that since 2000, the total area […]

3 new features on GFW Climate measure progress on forest conservation goals

By Nancy Harris and Carolyn Ciciarelli Since GFW Climate launched in Paris last December, we have been hard at work to move users beyond just viewing pixels on a map to better understanding how those pixels translate to real world impacts on international climate change mitigation efforts. GFW Climate has released three new features that […]

Global Forest Watch and the Forest Resources Assessment, Explained in 5 Graphics

By Nancy Harris, Rachael Petersen, Crystal Davis and Octavia Payne Today, we have more data about forests than ever before, but we still can’t seem to agree on where, when and why forests are changing around the world. Even two prominent global data sources appear to disagree, at least on the surface. “World deforestation slows […]

Destruction of Tropical Peat Is an Overlooked Source of Emissions

By Nancy Harris and Sarah Sargent Tersedia dalam Bahasa sini. Peat drainage canals, combined with fire, are used to make land more suitable for agriculture. Photo by Julius Lawalata, World Resources Institute (Flickr). Tropical regions face an emissions challenge from an important, but relatively little-known source: drained peatland. Peat soil, made up of partially decomposed, wet […]

What Indonesia Doesn’t Know About Peatlands Could Undermine its Climate Goals

By Hidayah Hamzah and Reidinar Juliane Peat swamp forests of the Katingan Peatland Reserve in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by James Anderson/WRI (Flickr). Peat forests, or wetlands, are some of the most important ecosystems for Indonesia and climate change. The country holds the largest tropical peatland in the world, which acts as a major carbon sink. […]

What Indonesia Doesn’t Know About Peatlands Could Undermine its Climate Goals

By Hidayah Hamzah and Reidinar Juliane Peat swamp forests of the Katingan Peatland Reserve in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by James Anderson/WRI (Flickr). Peat forests, or wetlands, are some of the most important ecosystems for Indonesia and climate change. The country holds the largest tropical peatland in the world, which acts as a major carbon sink. […]

Forests Are in the Paris Agreement! Now What?

COP21 Plenary Hall erupts in standing ovation as Paris Agreement is adopted. Photo by WRI (Flickr). By Nancy Harris and Fred Stolle International climate action isn’t just about fossil fuels anymore—forest conservation and restoration are strategies that are here to stay. Last week, the Paris Agreement at COP21 sent a strong, unprecedented message that REDD+ […]

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 […]