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Tropical Forests Declining in Overlooked Hotspots

New analysis from GFW has identified new hotspots of accelerating loss in the Mekong River Basin, West Africa, South America’s Gran Chaco region and Madagascar. Nigel Sizer, global director of WRI’s Forests Program, explains why.

The open data movement—the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone—can drive innovation, make government and corporate activities more transparent and improve decision-making about natural resources.

As momentum builds towards the climate negotiations in Paris, national governments are being asked to consider how their countries will contribute to a low-carbon, climate resilient future. With support from international efforts like the Bonn Challenge and the New York Declaration on Forests, many countries are committing to restore degraded land and forests to offset emissions as they improve household income and food security. But while these international frameworks and national commitments are important, it is often the states, provinces and districts that must go beyond commitment to take action.


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