Global Forest Watch

GFW

Global Forest Watch

Type NGO
Website globalforestwatch.org
Wikipedia Wikipedia
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Year founded 1997
Location Washington United States of America United States of America
Functions Advocacy, Research
Funding sources Foundations or grants, Governments or multi-govt organizations
Tags environment forests climate land use supply chains fires
Summary Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world. The GFW platform has been used in a number of notable applications. The forest change data have been used to measure global deforestation rates and to detect and monitor illegal clearing activity, primarily in Indonesia. The NASA Active Fires data, displayed within GFW Fires, have been used to identify illegal burning that has caused the 2015 Southeast Asian Haze Crisis. Multinational companies use the GFW platform to track their supply chain, to help track their "no deforestation" commitments. Global Forest Watch originally began in 1997 as an initiative to establish a global forest monitoring network, convened by the World Resources Institute and partners. The initiative was rebooted in 2013 with data from the Center for Global Development derived from NASA's MODIS sensor, with additional layers subsequently added from Google/UMD, Imazon, Terra-i, and NASA. The second iteration of GFW was released in February 2014, and continues to add information at multiple time scales and spatial resolutions to track deforestation. The GFW Commodities and GFW Fires sub-pages were subsequently released.

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Explore the state of forests worldwide by analyzing tree cover change on GFW’s interactive global forest map using satellite data. Learn about deforestation rates and other land use practices, forest …


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