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.
On February 20, 2014, we launched Global Forest Watch (GFW) , a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. The mapping application unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests.
Visit our GFW Launch Event page for highlights and resources.
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, helping businesses eliminate illegally sourced woods from their supply chains through our Forest Legality Alliance. We develop policy recommendations to ensure effective and inclusive governance of the world’s forest resources.
The mapping application unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests.
Government and corporate leaders convened February 20, 2014 to explore how governments, businesses and...
Restoring lost forests and degraded lands is essential for human livelihoods and well-being, long-term food security, climate stability, and biodiversity conservation. In order to counteract land degradation and to improve livelihoods, we need to restore forests and increase the productivity of...
The Forest Atlas is a dynamic tool that helps decision-makers in the region achieve sustainable management of forest resources through strengthened land use planning and monitoring.
Inspiring, supporting, and mobilizing action to initiate restoration across 10 million hectares of degraded forests and landscapes by 2016.
Reducing illegal logging by supporting the supply and procurement of legal and sustainable forest products
Data-driven analysis to support government and civil society actions for effective and equitable land-use in Indonesia.
A dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests.
We seek to catalyze a global movement to transform the way the world secures freshwater for human well-being and economic development.
Supporting low-cost innovations in tree, land and water management for improved food security, poverty reduction and climate resilience.
Strengthening land use laws and practices that impact forests to reduce deforestation and forest degradation and increase communities’ rights to natural resources.