In Riau, Indonesia a dedicated community of women overlaid GFW data atop village maps to definitively link corporate activities in nearby forests to the air and water pollution they were suffering from. Using this evidence, they were able to place pressure on the companies and the government.

In the Brazilian state of Amapá, one police team uses Forest Watcher and a drone to investigate deforestation, enabling them to arrest a culprit before further damage can be done.

Women in Riau Women Research Institute leads a training session on Global Forest Watch for a women’s group in Riau. Photo by Women Research Institute.

And in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the government has used GFW’s Map Builder to construct a National Forest Atlas. Combining detailed government data with GFW’s innovative platform, forestry officials in the DRC are better able to track the complicated issue of logging concessions.

GFW tools and technology have been used across the globe to monitor and prevent forest loss. GFW users are constantly finding new and creative ways to apply our data and we want to know about them. That’s why GFW is pleased to announce our first-ever GFW User Story Contest.

GFW is seeking stories that detail the human dimensions of our tools. This includes who users are, how and why they are using GFW tools, the impact or expected impact of that use and the challenges users have faced.

Top stories selected will be awarded prizes including a free trip to the GFW Summit in Washington, DC June 18-19, GFW blog and social media features of the work and assorted GFW “swag”. The contest is open to users from all sectors, be they non-profit organizations, community action groups or government departments.

To qualify, entries must provide detailed information about how, why and where GFW tools are being used. Users should demonstrate the significance and reach of that use as well as specific data wherever applicable.

Entries will be reviewed by GFW staff and judged based on:

  • Innovative application of GFW tools
  • Broadest reach or potential for impact
  • Best visuals (photo or video) demonstrating use

Submit your story here by March 15, 2019 to enter the contest. Winners will be announced by April 15. Please reach out to with any questions.

BANNER PHOTO: Local Forest Guide in Kenya. Photo by Aaron Minnick/WRI.