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Map of the Week: Oil Palm-Driven Forest Clearing in Leuser Ecosystem Detected by 2013 Data

The Leuser Ecosystem on the Indonesian island of Sumatra is a hotspot for endangered biodiversity, described by Mongabay as “the only place on Earth where rhinos, orangutans, tigers and elephants live in the same habitat.” A broad area of the Leuser Ecosystem is designated a “National Strategic Area” for Indonesia, and is mapped as a […]

Global Forest Watch News Roundup: Week of January 12

GFW News Roundup: Forest stories from around the world that demonstrate the power of spatial analysis and open data in improving management of forest landscapes To learn more about GFW, a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system, click here, or follow us on twitter at @globalforests. Top Reads of the Week Indonesia rolls back […]

Global Forest Watch News Roundup: Week of January 5

GFW News Roundup: Forest stories from around the world that demonstrate the power of spatial analysis and open data in improving management of forest landscapes To learn more about GFW, a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system, click here, or follow us on twitter at @globalforests. Top Reads of the Week Forest clearance has […]

Global Forest Watch News Roundup: Week of November 3

GFW News Roundup: Forest stories from around the world that demonstrate the power of spatial analysis and open data in improving management of forest landscapes To learn more about GFW, a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system, click here, or follow us on twitter at @globalforests. Top Reads of the Week Agribusiness steps up […]

Map of the Week: Satellites Capture Past and Ongoing Fires Near Sampit, Indonesia

By James Anderson Weeks after Indonesia’s Parliament voted to ratify a regional treaty to combat haze, forest and land-clearing fires continue to burn across the country. The animation below shows an area east of the city of Sampit in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. NASA’s Active Fire data indicates the presence of fires within the last 24 […]

Fires Spread Across Indonesia as Parliament Approves Haze Treaty

By Susan Minnemeyer, Cecelia Song, Andika Putraditama, James Anderson and  Nigel Sizer Earlier this week, Indonesia’s parliament ratified the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution—12 years after first signing the agreement to reduce haze pollution from land and forest fires in Southeast Asia. The ratification of the treaty, combined with Singapore’s new Transboundary Haze Pollution Act, sends a clear and overdue signal […]

The Story of Global Forest Watch Fires

By Asa Strong Story Maps are a unique way to share a narrative with a geographic focus through web-maps and multi-media content such as text, photos, and video. Global Forest Watch Fires is an online platform for monitoring and responding to forest and land fires in Southeast Asia using near real-time information. The environmental, economic, and […]

Unilever and WRI Announce Partnership to Increase Transparency of Key Commodity Supply Chains to Help End Tropical Deforestation

RELEASE: London//Washington (September 1, 2014)– Unilever and the World Resources Institute (WRI) announced a new partnership that will increase transparency in agricultural commodity supply chains with the aim to end tropical deforestation. Deforestation has serious repercussions on the global climate, local livelihoods, and biodiversity – posing a growing problem to commodity businesses. According to data from the University of Maryland and […]

Tomnod platform harnesses the power of the crowd to fight Indonesian fires

By Rachael Petersen Ultra-high resolution satellite imagery is helping us see the world more clearly than ever before. And now, thanks to Digital Globe, anyone can go online and help Global Forest Watch use those images to identify fires threatening landscapes and lives in Southeast Asia. Each year, forest and land fires rage across Indonesia, […]