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How Much Rainforest Is in That Chocolate Bar?

By Nancy Harris, Octavia Payne and Sarah Mann With the world’s appetite for chocolate at an all-time high, producers are looking for new places to grow cacao—the raw ingredient in cocoa and chocolate. Some are turning to South America, where satellite images show one cacao plantation encroaching dramatically on the Amazon rainforest. Historically, much of […]

How Much Rainforest Is in That Chocolate Bar?

By Nancy Harris, Octavia Payne and Sarah Mann With the world’s appetite for chocolate at an all-time high, producers are looking for new places to grow cacao—the raw ingredient in cocoa and chocolate. Some are turning to South America, where satellite images show one cacao plantation encroaching dramatically on the Amazon rainforest. Historically, much of […]

UPDATE: New Satellite Imagery Captures Fires and Extensive Forest Loss Within Tesso Nilo National Park

By Susan Minnemeyer and Octavia Payne Newly acquired Digital Globe satellite imagery captures the full extent of Tesso Nilo National Park during the recent fire outbreak from late May to mid-July 2015. Recent rainfall has greatly reduced the extent of the fires, but three hotspots were still visible as of today. Explore in detail on Global […]

Round Table on Responsible Soy and WRI will work together to help safeguard forests

By Agustín Mascotena and Ryan Sarsfield Soy is one of the most widely-consumed crops in the world, ubiquitous in processed foods, animal feed, and even some biofuels. Cultivation of this high-protein bean now stretches over one million square kilometres worldwide, an area about the size of France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands combined, and some […]

Having it All: Indonesia Can Produce Palm Oil, Protect Forests and Reap Profits

By Fred Stolle, Kemen Austin and Octavia Payne Indonesia has two big goals for 2020 that might seem contradictory: Reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 26 percent, and boost production of several major agricultural commodities, including doubling palm oil production. With agriculture being the single biggest driver of deforestation globally and in Indonesia, many are asking the question: How […]

Ecuadorian Amazon: Black or Green Gold?

By Bernadette Menzinger; Translated by Paul Peters (CIAT) TERRA-I ANALYSIS   |   Ecuador is recognized as one of the biodiverse hotspots on earth, underneath the Amazon rainforest lies the country’s oil reservoir. With the oil companies and cleared routes come settlers, therefore more and more of this diverse rainforest is being cut down. Since the oil […]

Ecuadorian Amazon: Black or Green Gold?

By Bernadette Menzinger; Translated by Paul Peters (CIAT) TERRA-I ANALYSIS   |   Ecuador is recognized as one of the biodiverse hotspots on earth, underneath the Amazon rainforest lies the country’s oil reservoir. With the oil companies and cleared routes come settlers, therefore more and more of this diverse rainforest is being cut down. Since the oil […]

Global Forest Watch News Roundup: Week of June 14-20, 2015

GFW News Roundup: Forest stories from around the world that demonstrate the power of spatial analysis and open data in improving management of forest landscapes. This News Roundup was in collaboration with the Forest Legality Alliance.  Top Reads of the Week: “Scientists Are Color-Coding Forests To Make Maps Showing Best Path To Conservation,” 14 June, Tech […]

Zooming In: Unexpected Loss in Mbitom, Cameroon

By Benjamin Kessler, Thomas Maschler and Sarah Alix Mann Mbitom, an area in Cameroon’s East region, is experiencing unexplained tree cover loss. In order to identify the drivers of this loss, the GFW Cameroon team set out into the Mbitom forests to investigate. Click on the StoryMap to enter the interactive version.