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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 […]

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Programming to protect the planet at EcoHack

By Robin Kraft, Dan Hammer and Aaron Steele The environment has been hacked! In a good way. Across four different time zones, technologists and environmentalists recently converged at the first global EcoHack, with events in San Francisco, New York City, São Paulo and Madrid. Their mission? Spend twenty-four hours building tools to protect and better understand […]

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 […]

Restoration: It’s About More than Just the Trees

By Robert Winterbottom This is the first 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. Almost half of the world’s original forests have been cleared or degraded. So naturally, most people think of the “forest restoration” […]

Global Forest Watch News Roundup, Week of May 19

In this update, Global Forest Watch publishes a roundup of top forest news from around the world. Many of these stories demonstrate the power of spatial analysis and open data in monitoring and analyzing forest change and improving forest landscapes. To learn more about GFW, a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system, click here, or […]

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 […]

Five ways Global Forest Watch just became easier to access and share

By Alyssa Westerman, Rachael Petersen, James Anderson and Aaron Steele The Global Forest Watch initiative is much more than a website. It’s a public forum that delivers timely and actionable data about forest disturbances from around the world. We are constantly improving the site based on your feedback and we’ve made some improvements! Here are five […]