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Local data, a global platform: improving forest information transparency in Central America

By Ruth Nogueron, Carlos Viesca and Alyssa Westerman For such a small region, Central America provides big environmental benefits: it houses 7 percent of global biodiversity, but constitutes only 0.1 per cent of the landmass. The region serves as a natural bridge between North America and South America where species from each landmass converge to form unique […]

Local data, a global platform: improving forest information transparency in Central America

By Ruth Nogueron, Carlos Viesca and Alyssa Westerman For such a small region, Central America provides big environmental benefits: it houses 7 percent of global biodiversity, but constitutes only 0.1 per cent of the landmass. The region serves as a natural bridge between North America and South America where species from each landmass converge to form unique […]

Tar Sands Threaten World’s Largest Boreal Forest

By  Rachael Petersen, Nigel Sizer and Peter Lee Photo by Ken Owen. Canada’s boreal forest is one of Earth’s major ecological treasures. Yet the region’s forests are under threat from logging, hydrodams and mining. Satellite data reveals a major new threat to Canada’s boreal forests—tar sands development. According to data from Global Forest Watch, an online mapping platform that monitors forests in […]

New Study Shows Indonesia Losing Primary Forest at Unprecedented Rates

By Ariana Alisjahbana, Fred Stolle and Belinda Margono New analysis published in Nature Climate Change shows that Indonesia is losing primary forest at a staggering rate. The country now has the highest rate of loss in tropical primary forests in the world, overtaking Brazil. Primary tropical forests are the most carbon- and biodiversity-rich type of forest ecosystem. Led by Belinda Margono (also […]

3 Myths and Facts about Forest and Landscape Restoration

By Kathleen Buckingham and Lars Laestadius In Rwanda, 85 percent of the population makes a living from subsistence farming of degraded, formerly forested lands. Photo by DFID – UK Department for International Development (license information here). This is the third installment of WRI’s blog series, New Perspectives on Restoration. The series aims to share WRI’s views on restoration, dispel […]

Indonesia Fires Flare: A Foreboding Start to Dry Season in Riau

By Nigel Sizer, Tania Puspita Firdausy, Susan Minnemeyer, Fred Stolle, Aaron Minnick, James Anderson and Hidayah Hamzah Read this post in Bahasa Indonesia. Residents of Indonesia and Singapore have been bracing themselves in recent weeks as WRI and others have warned that this year’s dry season would likely herald a severe spike in fires on the island of Sumatra and accompanying toxic haze across the region. As […]

New Palm Oil Production Maps Mark a Milestone in Transparency

Palm oil, the most widely consumed vegetable oil in the world, is produced across a whopping 17 million hectares worldwide, an area larger than Germany. Most oil palm comes from Indonesia and Malaysia, with production increasing in Central Africa and Latin America. But exactly where this oil palm is being grown—and more importantly, how it’s being produced—is […]

7 Unexpected Places for Forest Landscape Restoration

By Katie Reytar This is the second installment of WRI’s blog series, New Perspectives on Restoration. The series aims to share WRI’s views on restoration, dispel myths, and explore restoration opportunities throughout the world. The world has lost almost half of its original forest cover, due largely to booming population growth and agricultural expansion. But even […]

Three Reasons Investors Are Beginning to Take Sustainability Seriously

By Janet Ranganathan I recently attended the annual conference of the CFA Institute, the largest association of investment professionals in the world. This blog post is based on remarks I gave at a panel discussion, “Sustainable and Responsible Investing: Can Markets Save the World?” Notably, this is the first time the Institute has hosted a plenary […]