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Coatis, Conservation and Cattle Smuggling: The Forests of Petén-Veracruz

Stretching from the Mexican state of Veracruz down to Guatemala and into Belize, the forests of Petén-Veracruz compose a large portion of Central America’s lush tropical landscape.  The Petén-Veracruz Moist Forests are considered an “ecoregion” — a subset of the 14 major biomes designated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). There are 867 terrestrial ecoregions representing distinct collections of species […]

Fighting an Upstream Battle to Protect One of the World's Tallest Waterfalls

Christel Scheske is a 2018 GFW Tech Fellow. The GFW Tech Fellowship is designed to equip dedicated forest protection advocates from around the world with the skills and technologies to help halt deforestation. Christel lives and works in Peru as a project coordinator for the Conservamos por Naturaleza initiative of  Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental […]

Smartphones and Satellite Imagery: The Indigenous Monitors of Vista Hermosa Take Action

This article is part of a series of blog posts produced with the Rainforest Foundation US. The series covers a training initiative for more than 36 indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon to use Global Forest Watch’s satellite and monitoring technologies for combating deforestation. Check back for updates about these communities in action. Smart phone […]

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Amapá Police Use Forest Watcher to Defend the Brazilian Amazon

On the morning of June 8th, Chief of Police for the state of Amapá in Brazil, Leonardo Brito, and his field team set out for a remote patch of the Amazon in search of deforestation. They were following the guidance of a team member stationed back at their base, verifying an area that had come […]

Artificial Intelligence Helps Distinguish the Forests From the Trees: Part 2

Since 2015, World Resources Institute (WRI) and Orbital Insight have worked together with a grant from the Generation Foundation to find new applications of computer vision and deep learning that will support Global Forest Watch in better monitoring the world’s forests. This blog is Part II of a series that explores our latest project working […]

Artificial Intelligence Helps Distinguish the Forest From the Trees: Part 1

Since 2015, World Resources Institute (WRI) and Orbital Insight have worked together with a grant from the Generation Foundation to find new applications of computer vision and deep learning that will support Global Forest Watch in better monitoring the world’s forests. This blog is Part I of a series that explores our latest project working […]

Turning Over a New Leaf: GFW's New Map Makes It Easier to Explore, Analyze and Customize Forest Data

Visitors to the Global Forest Watch map this week may have noticed some changes in the design. These changes go beyond what you see on the surface. The new map is faster, facilitates customization and makes exploring and analyzing forest data even easier. Not sure where to start? Use the new search and explore features While our diverse collection of data […]

Getting at the Source: Universal Mill List Improves Traceability of Palm Oil Supply Chains

Despite the increasing number of corporate commitments to zero-deforestation, tracing products back to their sources still proves an obstacle to determining whether or not companies have met their sustainability goals. Palm oil supply chains are large and complex and achieving traceability to farm level can be a time and resource-intensive undertaking. A major consumer goods manufacturer might buy from a dozen or more direct […]

By the Numbers: The Value of Tropical Forests in the Climate Change Equation

Protecting tropical forests is essential for achieving the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Global Forest Watch Climate recently released estimated carbon dioxide emissions associated with the 2017 tropical tree cover loss data, and the numbers demonstrate more of what we already knew. If tropical tree cover loss continues at the current rate, it will be nearly impossible to keep warming below the […]