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  • New Palm Oil Production Maps Mark a Milestone in Transparency

    A new initiative from WRI and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) aims to shed light on how oil palm concessions affect forests.

    Global Forest Watch Commodities (GFW-Commodities) combines the RSPO’s maps of certified sustainable palm oil production sites with global forest data—information that can empower companies to manage their forests and supply chains more sustainably.

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  • 7 Unexpected Places for Forest Landscape Restoration

    There is a tremendous amount of underutilized and unproductive land throughout the world that has the potential to provide valuable ecosystem services if trees are returned to the landscape.

    In collaboration with the University of Maryland and IUCN, and as part of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, WRI recently updated its Atlas of Forest Landscape Restoration Opportunities. We found that more than 2 billion hectares of land worldwide have the potential to be restored—and many of them are located in some unexpected places.

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  • Restoration: It’s About More than Just the Trees

    Almost half of the world’s original forests have been cleared or degraded. So naturally, most people think of the “forest restoration” movement as an effort to re-plant these lost trees.

    But it’s time to see restoration as more than just the trees.

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  • 3 Tales of Hope for a Low-Carbon Future

    Andrew Steer's recent travels resonated a common narrative: our current, high-carbon path is not only bad for our planet—it’s bad economics, too. He also witnessed how, at three levels—political, analytical, and practical—global momentum is building for a low-carbon future.

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  • 4 Cara Pemetaan GIS dapat Memberdayakan Komunitas Hutan di Indonesia

    Peta GIS adalah salah satu dari cara paling akurat untuk membagi informasi geografis. Untuk masyarakat desa di Indonesia, pemetaan GIS dapat menjadi alat penting untuk melihat batas wilayah adat dan juga untuk menyelesaikan konflik atas wilayah.

    Inisiatif Kehutanan dari WRI menunjukkan empat manfaat dari pemetaan GIS untuk masyarakat pedesaan di Indonesia.

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  • 4 Ways GIS Mapping Can Empower Forest Communities in Indonesia

    GIS maps are one of the most accurate ways to share geographic data. For local communities in Indonesia, it can be an invaluable tool to stake out traditional boundaries and resolve land conflicts with governments.

    WRI's Forest and Landscapes in Indonesia project reveals four ways GIS mapping can empower forest communities in Indonesia.

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  • 5 Overlooked Deforestation Hotspots

    The UN has announced that March 21 be recognized as the International Day of Forests. In tandem with the celebration of forests worldwide, is an awareness that we are still losing forests and trees much faster than they can regrow.

    Many people are working to reverse tree cover loss in the world’s largest remaining forests. But several hugely important deforestation hotspots are still flying under the radar. These forest areas are seeing alarming trends and/or have lost much of their tree cover. We are using the latest data from Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system, to dive deeper into some under-reported deforestation hotspots.

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  • New Small Grants Fund Can Help Civil Society Groups Combat Deforestation

    On the heels of the Global Forest Watch (GFW) launch comes the GFW Small Grants Fund. The Fund, which we’re opening up for applications today, aims to support civil society organizations around the world to use the GFW platform in innovative and impactful ways. We have pledged an initial $375,000 for 2014 and are accepting applications through June 30. The Fund offers local organizations from around the world the chance to improve forest management in their own communities.

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  • FORMA: A Near-Real Time Alert System for Tropical Forest Loss

    Updated maps of forest damage can take years to produce, making it difficult to know where to focus limited enforcement efforts.

    But it doesn't have to be this way, thanks to advances in technology. Global Forest Watch, the near-real time forest monitoring application released by WRI and partners last week, is powered in part by FORMA, a monitoring system that issues monthly forest loss alerts for the humid tropics in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. FORMA (FORest Monitoring for Action) is designed to help people managing forests respond more quickly to unwanted forest loss. Learn more about the system through our new issue brief.

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  • Indonesian Fires Bring More Haze to Southeast Asia

    Clearing land for timber and agriculture is likely to blame for Indonesia's latest bout of fires. According to data from Global Forest Watch—a new online system that tracks tree cover change, fires, and other information in near-real time—roughly half of these fires are burning on land managed by oil palm, timber, and logging companies—despite the fact that using fire to clear land is illegal in Indonesia.

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