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Women Research Institute Blazes Path Towards Fire Safety in Riau Communities

In a small village in Riau, Indonesia, community leaders have detected a fire. According to active fires alerts on Global Forest Watch (GFW) Fires, there is one burning on a nearby peatland. With the current wind patterns, the village could soon be shrouded in a thick, toxic smog. But the alert has given the community […]

Will the Start of Forest Fires Season Hamper Indonesia’s Progress in Reducing Deforestation?

Indonesia brought its deforestation rate down for the second year in a row in 2018 after experiencing record highs. This downward trend was a bright spot for the world’s forests: Tropical forests around the world lost 12 million hectares of trees in 2018 alone, an area of land the size of Belgium. However, with Indonesia’s […]

GFW Technology Offers Options to Combat Mexico's High Rate of Tree Cover Loss

Despite efforts to reduce deforestation, tree cover loss in the tropics has increased during the last decade. Conversion of forests for agriculture and logging continue to propel large-scale deforestation. Data from Global Forest Watch (GFW) shows more than 24.7 million hectares of tree cover were lost around the world in 2018, an area approximately the […]

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GFW Summit Draws Together International Forest Community

Global Forest Watch (GFW) held its inaugural Summit last week in Washington, DC. Nearly 400 people attended, traveling from over 30 countries like Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Indonesia, China, Cameroon and Kenya to participate. The GFW Summit was an escalation of our traditional partnership meetings that began in 2014 with the launch of GFW. As GFW’s […]

Announcing GFW's 2019 Tech Fellows and Small-Grant Recipients

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is excited to announce the 2019 Tech Fellows and Small Grants Fund recipients. Both these programs provide funding to individuals and organizations using GFW tools to monitor and protect forests. The Tech Fellowship gives individuals the technical skills to implement a forest monitoring project and share their knowledge with others in […]

A New Tool Can Help Root Out Deforestation From Complex Supply Chains

Imagine you are a sustainability officer for a candy company that uses palm oil in its chocolate bars. How do you determine if the oil you are buying has contributed to deforestation? The above graphic represents one potential path palm oil can take from farm to product. It’s a common quandary: More than 360 companies […]

This 23-year Old Woman is Innovating Forestry in Her Home Country

Sophie Gogibedashvili decided she wanted to be a forester during a hike in her second year of university. In the middle of Georgia’s Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park she was overwhelmed with emotion. “The forest was talking to me,” Sophie recalls. She is still touched by the memory even now, in her office at Georgia’s Center for […]

The Madagascar Opportunity: Protecting One Island's Dual Forests

To the outside eye Madagascar is an island known for majestic baobab trees, quality vanilla and charismatic Lemurs leaping through the trees. However, the forests of Madagascar also represent a complex and biodiverse landscape that encompasses not only nature, but also the 26 million people of the island. WRI Madagascar has been working to protect […]

Oil Exploration and Extraction Threatens South American Mangrove Forests

Sometimes described as coral reefs of the forest for the vast diversity of organisms they support, mangrove forests are one of the Earth’s most varied ecosystems. From above, they might look like any other forest, but beneath their canopy, mangroves’ intricate root systems are home to a wealth of marine life. But as human development […]