30 Jun '14, 6pm

How Global Forest Watch is changing the way we fight deforestation

How Global Forest Watch is changing the way we fight deforestation

Global Forest Watch, an online mapping tool for detecting forest change, launched less than six months ago . Since then, the site is already being put to use by a number of governments and environmental organizations to better protect their forests. The World Resource Institute built the partnership behind the site, which combines data from Google, NASA and other sources. “It’s something that any citizen in the world can use,” said Lalanabth de Sliva, of the World Resource Institute. Since its launch, the site has had 360,000 unique visitors and over a million page views, which includes users from almost every country on earth. Before the project was launched, there were significant challenges to accessing data about forests. The information was often only available in hard-copy reports, which could become outdated rapidly due to the pace of deforestation. The site offers ...

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