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GLAD Alerts Now Available for Entire Pantropical Region

Stretching 30 degrees north and south from the equator and encircling the globe, the band of tropical forests —both wet and dry — boasts more biodiversity and species endemism than almost any other place on earth. Yet these forests suffer under threat of deforestation as logging, agriculture, grazing and development take a toll on their […]

When Tree Cover Loss is Really Forest Loss: New Plantation Maps Improve Forest Monitoring

By Mikaela Weisse The difference between forest and “tree cover” may be subtle, but it is important. Tree cover describes all trees and vegetation taller than 5m (the height at which they can be reliably detected by satellites) regardless of whether they’re part of a natural forest or have been planted by humans for agricultural […]

Forest Loss Pushes Far Beyond Plantation Boundaries in South America, Africa

By Rachael Petersen, Liz Goldman, Mikaela Weisse and Dmitry Aksenov Which of the world’s forests are natural, and which have been planted by humans? Orangutans at Camp Leakey, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by James Anderson for WRI (Flickr). It seems like a simple question, but researchers have been struggling to answer it for years. Satellites can’t […]

3 Maps Show Importance of Local Communities in Forest Conservation

By Rachael Petersen and Caleb Stevens Panama’s Omar Torrijos National Park. Photo credit: Lon & Queta, Flickr. Local communities are key to protecting the world’s last remaining forests. Indigenous peoples and local communities hold legal or official rights to one-eighth of the world’s forests, about 513 million hectares (1.3 billion acres). A recent report by WRI and the Rights and Resources Initiative found lower […]