Global Forest Watch

Developer or Source: World Resources Institute (WRI)

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an interactive online forest monitoring and alert system designed to empower people everywhere with the information they need to better manage and conserve forest landscapes. Global Forest Watch uses cutting edge technology and science to provide the timeliest and most precise information about the status of forest landscapes worldwide, including near-real-time alerts showing suspected locations of recent tree cover loss. GFW is free and simple to use, enabling anyone to create custom maps, analyze forest trends, subscribe to alerts, or download data for their local area or the entire world. Users can also contribute to GFW by sharing data and stories from the ground via GFW’s crowdsourcing tools, blogs, and discussion groups. Special “apps” provide detailed information for companies that wish to reduce the risk of deforestation in their supply chains, users who want to monitor fires across Southeast Asia, and more. GFW serves a variety of users including governments, the private sector, NGOs, journalists, universities, and the general public. GFW is a growing partnership of organizations contributing data, technology, funding, and expertise. The GFW partnership is convened by the World Resources Institute.

Region: Global
Sectors and Topics: Forestry and Land Use
Scale: National, Sub-national, Project-Level
Expertise Level: Generalist
Resource Type: Analysis Tools
Cost: No
Guidance: The tool provides guidance
Inputs Needed: None
Outputs Provided: Information about forest loss
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Other
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