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Human society and the global economy are inextricably linked to forests. More than 1 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. And forest ecosystems play a critical role in stabilizing the climate; providing food, water, wood products, and vital medicines; and supporting much of the world’s biodiversity.

Despite decreased deforestation rates in some regions, forest ecosystems are still under great threat. According to WRI research, 30 percent of global forest cover has been cleared, while another 20 percent has been degraded. Most of the rest has been fragmented, leaving only about 15 percent intact.

WRI works with governments, businesses, and civil society to sustain forests for future generations. We aim to curb deforestation worldwide and help to restore and reforest already-cleared land.

WRI’s Global Forest Watch initiative uses the most advanced satellite data and crowd-sourced information to track deforestation throughout the world in near-real-time. Our Forests and Landscape Restoration initiative identifies ways to restore trees and productivity to deforested and degraded lands. Our Forest Legality Alliance helps businesses eliminate illegally sourced woods from their supply chains. And we develop policy recommendations to ensure effective and inclusive governance of the world’s forest resources.

Luciana Gallardo Lomeli

Research Analyst, Initiative 20x20

Luciana Gallardo Lomeli is a Research Analyst at the Global Restoration Initiative program. She works directly for the 20x20 Initiative, which aims to bring 20 million hectares of degraded land in...

Rohini Chaturvedi

Strategy Head, Forest and Landscape Restoration

Dr. Rohini Chaturvedi leads the Forest and Landscape Restoration program in India. She works closely with WRI’s Global Restoration Initiative to inspire, enable and mobilize political and social...

Octavia Aris Payne

Communications Coordinator, Global Forest Watch

Octavia is the Communications Coordinator II for Global Forest Watch (GFW). She provides communications and outreach support to bring WRI’s dynamic online forest monitoring and alert tool to new...

Dennis Garrity

Senior Fellow, Restoration

Dr. Garrity is a systems agronomist and research leader whose career has been focused on the development of small-scale farming systems in the tropics. He is currently Drylands Ambassador for the...

Tjokorda Nirarta "Koni" Samadhi

Country Director, Indonesia

Prior to joining WRI, Koni worked as Deputy Minister Head of Indonesia’s President Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) for 5 years. While in this position, Koni played...

WASHINGTON (January 12, 2015)— The World Resources Institute has appointed Dr. Nirarta “Koni” Samadhi, former deputy minister of Indonesia’s Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4), as the new country director of WRI Indonesia. Dr. Koni and WRI have worked together over many years, and he joins WRI Indonesia at a time when its work in the forest, land use, and governance sectors is expanding.

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