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GFW Pro’s First Year Offers Hope for Supply Chain Transparency

The agriculture and food industry is struggling to find a clear path to reduce its impact on the world’s forests — a reality that was made overwhelmingly clear when we entered a new decade and most, if not all of the industry, had failed to meet their 2020 no-deforestation commitments. While the start of 2020 […]

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Fires, Floods and Farming as Seen by Satellites

Satellites, constantly orbiting around our planet, see just about everything. Which means that when a tree falls in a forest, satellites know about it. Global Forest Watch’s (GFW) tree cover loss data, derived from NASA satellite imagery, can pinpoint where trees have fallen around the world. To help us understand what might have caused this […]

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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 […]

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Protecting Paraguay’s Ancestral Forests with Modern Tech

This is the Gran Chaco. A vast expanse of dry forest, cactus stands and palm savannahs—a stretch of rural Paraguay considered far away from just about everywhere. Despite its remoteness and low population, the Chaco represents both home and livelihood for those who reside there. But the area has become increasingly threatened in the last 20 years as trees are felled in favor of ranches producing beef for export.This is the village of Chaidi, home to the Ayoreo Totobiegosode, an indigenous people

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New Plantations Map Sheds Light on Complexities of Deforestation

Many of us think of forests as pristine wilderness, minimally disturbed by humans. But today’s forests are far more complex. New data available on Global Forest Watch (GFW) enables us to understand another dimension of modern forests — trees planted and managed by humans. Though far from pristine natural forests, planted trees play many critical […]

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Technical Blog: Soy Data for Brazil’s Cerrado

By Sarah Sargent and Ryan Sarsfield Taken by Paulo Q Maia (Flickr). License information here. Global Forest Watch (GFW) Commodities recently released new data and analysis for soybean production in Brazil’s Cerrado biome, a mix of forest and savannah rich with biodiversity and carbon. These data show users the spatial extent of soy production and how […]

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Companies Can Find Deforestation-Free Soy in Brazil’s Cerrado, Thanks to New Data

By Ryan Sarsfield Cerrado Parque Estadual dos Pirineus by Jonathan Wilkins via Wikimedia. The photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Just ten years ago, Brazilian soy’s reputation was at an all-time low for its links to deforestation in the Amazon. The industry, environmental NGOs and the Brazilian government reacted swiftly to establish […]

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Round Table on Responsible Soy and WRI will work together to help safeguard forests

By Agustín Mascotena and Ryan Sarsfield Soy is one of the most widely-consumed crops in the world, ubiquitous in processed foods, animal feed, and even some biofuels. Cultivation of this high-protein bean now stretches over one million square kilometres worldwide, an area about the size of France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands combined, and some […]