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30 Years of Forest Protection in the Yucatán Peninsula

Pronatura Península de Yucatán A. C. is one of Global Forest Watch’s (GFW) 2019 small grants fund recipients. The Small Grants Fund provides financial and technical support to organizations working in the tropics to turn forest monitoring information into action using GFW. As of March 2020, Pronatura Península de Yucatán A. C. is celebrating its […]

Detecting "Hot Spots" Along Frontiers of Forest Loss

Plagued by illegal gold mining, Venezuela’s Yapacana National park— an area dedicated to protecting the country’s primary forests— became a hot spot of forest loss in 2018. In an age of climate destabilization and the largest mass extinction in 66 million years, primary forests like Yapacana are strongholds of carbon storage and species habitat and […]

Will Mexico’s Growing Avocado Industry Harm Its Forests?

As the avocado industry continues to grow in Mexico, particularly in Michoacán and Jalisco, deforestation, water stress and social challenges compound. Demand for avocados has exploded in the last decade, and Mexican production of “green-gold” has expanded to meet it. National production has grown 8% annually since 2009; the country produced 2.2 million tons of […]

Mapa Oaxaca Platform Puts the Power of Data into the Hands of Mexican Communities

Raul Padilla Calderon is an IT consultant working with the Oaxacan government on Biodiversity matters, and Floriberto Vásquez Ruiz works within the Oaxacan state government as the Undersecretary for Climate Change, Natural Resources and Biodiversity. In Oaxaca, Mexico, 78% of the land is controlled by local communities— that’s over 9,375,000 hectares. Yet, although these communities […]

5 Creative Projects Using GFW to Protect Forests

Since its launch in 2014, Global Forest Watch’s data and tools have been used by millions of people across the globe. From apps to research reports to documentaries, users have creatively incorporated GFW’s datasets into their projects. Here are five of our favorite projects, recently selected from our User Story Contest, that use GFW to […]

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 […]

Forests Falling Fast to Make Way for Mexican Avocado

In 2016, the expansion of agricultural frontiers accounted for 98 percent of deforestation in Mexico. While the booming production of avocado (often referred to as Mexico’s “green-gold”) has contributed to the country’s economic growth, it has also caused deforestation and degradation in central and southern Mexican forests. To continue this economic growth without further deforestation, […]

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 […]

PARTNER POST: Sur Verde Adaptive Monitoring: Mitigation and Adaptation in Calakmul, Campeche

The Reforestamos Mexico GFW Contest recently recognized Sur Verde’s innovative use of the Global Forest Watch platform in finding solutions to socioenvironmental issues. Learn more about the contests here.   The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 15 provides a framework towards efforts to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt […]