A lucrative charcoal trade destroys forests, threatens endangered species and fuels the activities of armed militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo. To avoid further losses, enhanced monitoring and more efficient cookstoves could help.
In Indonesia's easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua, most people welcome the government's commitment to economic development, often in the form of oil palm expansion. But the impact of development can include irreparable deforestation and health crises. It's a delicate balancing act.
Frontlines work against deforestation doesn't always happen where there's good WiFi. So WRI developed a mobile app that works offline, bridging the gap between the eyes of satellites and enforcement by environmental defenders, forest rangers and civil society.
Knowledge is power for the women of Sungai Berbari, Indonesia. With forest data from the Global Forest Watch platform and advocacy training from Women Research Institute, they are influencing where and how nearby agricultural companies operate.
Forests contribute to a broad range of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and deforestation can undermine their achievement. With development strategies on the agenda at this week's UN General Assembly, the authors of Why Forests? Why Now? offer points to ponder.
To help clarify heated debate over what drives deforestation in Indonesia, new analysis of Global Forest Watch data shows that most forest loss -- 55 percent -- occurs in legal concession areas, where some tree removal is allowed, but 45 percent happens outside these areas.
The Paris Agreement is the best instrument for addressing threats to development posed by climate change, such as forest fires, extreme weather and more. The U.S. withdrawal from the agreement is reckless.