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New High-Resolution Forest Maps Reveal World Loses 50 Soccer Fields of Trees per Minute

By Matt Hansen and Rebecca Moore A new publication in Science reveals the world is losing 50 soccer fields’ worth of forest every minute of every day! While this information is distressing, the publication of this new research is a decidedly positive development in the availability of data to support better forest management and policy. The Science paper provides the first […]

Global Forest Watch News Roundup, Week of November 11

In this update, GFW publishes a roundup of top forest news from around the world. Many of these stories demonstrate the power of spatial analysis in monitoring and analyzing deforestation. To learn more about GFW, a near-real-time forest monitoring tool, click here or follow us on twitter at @WRIForests. Top Reads of the Week: Unprecedented gold mining ravages […]

Lumber Liquidators Raid Shows Companies Need to Heed U.S. Lacey Act

By Caitlin Clarke U.S. federal authorities recently executed search warrants at two Virginia facilities belonging to Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc., the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in the United States. Lumber Liquidators said in a press release last month that the raids were related “to the importation of certain of the Company’s wood flooring products,” but did […]

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Global Forest Watch News Roundup, week of October 14

In this update, GFW publishes a roundup of top forest news from around the world. Many of these stories demonstrate the power of spatial analysis in monitoring and analyzing deforestation. To learn more about GFW, a near-real-time forest monitoring tool, click here or follow us on twitter at @WRIForests. Top Reads of the Week: ASEAN countries cooperate to […]

Global Forest Watch News Roundup, week of September 30

In this update, GFW publishes a roundup of top forest news from around the world. Many of these stories demonstrate the power of spatial analysis in monitoring and analyzing deforestation. To learn more about GFW, a near-real-time forest monitoring tool, click here or follow us on twitter at @WRIForests. Top Reads of the Week: IPCC Report: The Intergovernmental Panel […]

A Technology Revolution To Curb Illegal Logging

By Andrew Steer and Achim Steiner Our future is inextricably linked to forests. The social and economic benefits they provide are essential to realizing a sustainable century. A key litmus test of our commitment to this future is our response to a growing, global threat: illegal logging and the criminal timber trade. Forests are a vital source of […]

Global Forest Watch 2.0 at Rio+20

  In June 2012, the United Nations’ is hosting a global sustainable development summit in Rio de Janeiro, 20 years after the first Earth Summit. The official themes of Rio+20 are: “a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication”; and the “institutional framework for sustainable development.” The Global Forest Watch 2.0 project will […]

New Study Highlights Opportunities and Challenges for Indonesia Forest Moratorium

Today WRI released a working paper that provides new information about Indonesia’s moratorium on new forest concessions. Our analysis concludes that the moratorium alone does not significantly contribute to Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goal of 26 percent by 2020. However, the moratorium does support these goals in the long-term by “pausing” business-as-usual patterns to allow time […]

Forest land allocation in Cameroon

With its Sahelian north and dense tropical rainforest south, Cameroon is a land of diversity and transition. A combination of either dense or mosaic forest landscapes covers about 60 percent of the nearly 47 million hectare country. These productive forest ecosystems provide services and sustenance either directly or indirectly to millions of people. Interactions between […]