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3 Maps Show Importance of Local Communities in Forest Conservation

By Rachael Petersen and Caleb Stevens Panama’s Omar Torrijos National Park. Photo credit: Lon & Queta, Flickr. Local communities are key to protecting the world’s last remaining forests. Indigenous peoples and local communities hold legal or official rights to one-eighth of the world’s forests, about 513 million hectares (1.3 billion acres). A recent report by WRI and the Rights and Resources Initiative found lower […]

Fires Spread Across Indonesia as Parliament Approves Haze Treaty

By Susan Minnemeyer, Cecelia Song, Andika Putraditama, James Anderson and  Nigel Sizer Earlier this week, Indonesia’s parliament ratified the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution—12 years after first signing the agreement to reduce haze pollution from land and forest fires in Southeast Asia. The ratification of the treaty, combined with Singapore’s new Transboundary Haze Pollution Act, sends a clear and overdue signal […]

Fires Spread Across Indonesia as Parliament Approves Haze Treaty

By Susan Minnemeyer, Cecelia Song, Andika Putraditama, James Anderson and  Nigel Sizer Earlier this week, Indonesia’s parliament ratified the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution—12 years after first signing the agreement to reduce haze pollution from land and forest fires in Southeast Asia. The ratification of the treaty, combined with Singapore’s new Transboundary Haze Pollution Act, sends a clear and overdue signal […]

The Story of Global Forest Watch Fires

By Asa Strong Story Maps are a unique way to share a narrative with a geographic focus through web-maps and multi-media content such as text, photos, and video. Global Forest Watch Fires is an online platform for monitoring and responding to forest and land fires in Southeast Asia using near real-time information. The environmental, economic, and […]

Unilever and WRI Announce Partnership to Increase Transparency of Key Commodity Supply Chains to Help End Tropical Deforestation

RELEASE: London//Washington (September 1, 2014)– Unilever and the World Resources Institute (WRI) announced a new partnership that will increase transparency in agricultural commodity supply chains with the aim to end tropical deforestation. Deforestation has serious repercussions on the global climate, local livelihoods, and biodiversity – posing a growing problem to commodity businesses. According to data from the University of Maryland and […]

Tomnod platform harnesses the power of the crowd to fight Indonesian fires

By Rachael Petersen Ultra-high resolution satellite imagery is helping us see the world more clearly than ever before. And now, thanks to Digital Globe, anyone can go online and help Global Forest Watch use those images to identify fires threatening landscapes and lives in Southeast Asia. Each year, forest and land fires rage across Indonesia, […]

STATEMENT: Singapore’s New Haze Pollution Law “A New Way of Doing Business”

WASHINGTON (August 5, 2014)— Singapore’s Parliament passed the Transboundary Haze Pollution Act 2014 which allows regulators to prosecute companies and individuals that cause severe air pollution in Singapore by burning forests and peatlands in neighboring countries. The legislation was first proposed after fires in Indonesia spiked in June 2013, engulfing Singapore in haze. As the […]

High-Resolution Satellites Help Monitor and Respond to Fires in Southeast Asia

By Nigel Sizer, James Anderson and Josh Winer One of the most devastating threats to the environment, economy, and human health in Indonesia comes in the form of fire. Forest and bush fires, illegal and often associated with agricultural expansion and land conflict, can release a toxic haze that shuts down schools and airports, and sickens tens of thousands of people. Efforts to stop […]

GUEST POST: New maps reveal more complex picture of Sumatran fires

By David Gaveau Figure 1 — Map showing the progression of the February-March 2014 fires in the largest burned area (22,000 ha) on Pulau Rupat, a small island off the coast of mainland Sumatra, overlaid over our detailed land use map in an Acacia concession (HTI, or Hutan Tanaman Industri). The combined maps illustrate that the […]