by Sarah Sargent, Maria Papadopolou, Laura González, Hans Bakker, Paula den Hartog, Aleyda Carillo, Anne Rosenbarger and Thailynn Munroe - March 2020
The Universal Mill List methodology provides a replicable and standardized method for identifying and tracking mills throughout global supply chains.
Places to Watch Palm and Soy: Identifying High Priority Forest Disturbances Related to Palm in Southeast Asia and Soy in South America Using GLAD Alertsby Ifeoma Collins, Thailynn Munroe, Anne Rosenbarger, Ryan Sarsfield and Caroline Winchester - January 2020
Methodology for filtering through the thousands of GLAD alerts to identify areas that are likely to become commodity related deforestation.
A Case Study from Peruby Mikaela Weisse, Ruth Nogueron, Rolando Eduardo Vivanco Vicencio and Daniel Arturo Castillo Soto - October 2019
Though satellite-based forest monitoring has improved substantially over the last decade, to the point where deforestation can now be detected on a weekly basis across the tropics, there has been little research into how this information is used for on-the-ground decision making. This paper...
by Nancy Harris, Elizabeth Dow Goldman and Samantha Gibbes - March 2019
The objective of this work is to spatially differentiate plantation forests and tree crops from natural and seminatural forests on a global scale. By identifying and eliminating these areas from global tree cover data, “natural forest” areas can be more readily isolated, leading to more...
by Nancy Harris, Crystal Davis, Elizabeth Dow Goldman, Rachael Petersen and Samantha Gibbes - June 2018
This working paper aims to bring greater clarity to nontechnical audiences such as climate policymakers by offering a systematic comparison among methods used and forest monitoring results generated by REDD+ countries and global forest monitoring initiatives. First, we review deforestation...
by Mikaela Weisse, Rachael Petersen, Sarah Sargent and Samantha Gibbes - December 2017
Places to Watch is a new workflow to automatically identify concerning areas of recent deforestation using satellite-based forest change information. The method uses the density of deforestation alerts and the presence of intact and protected forests to automatically select the Places...
by Elizabeth Dow Goldman, Nancy Harris and Thomas Maschler - July 2017
The Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) is an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), whose main objectives are to mitigate climate change and sustainably manage forests in Central Africa. As the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC)...
by Jessica Webb, Rachael Petersen, Elizabeth Moses, Carole Excell, Mikaela Weisse, Liz Bourgault and Sam Szoke-Burke - March 2017
Global demand for timber, agricultural commodities, and extractives is a significant driver of deforestation worldwide. Transparent land-concessions data for these large-scale commercial activities are essential to understand drivers of forest loss, monitor environmental impacts of ongoing...
by Yiyuan Qin, Todd Gartner, Susan Minnemeyer, Paul Reig and Sarah Sargent - August 2016
This document explains the underlying science and assumptions of natural infrastructure for water, describes data layers and information, documents data sources, and details the methodology used to generate watershed risk scores in Global Forest Watch Water. All data and maps are publicly...
by Sarah Lake, Anne Rosenbarger and Caroline Winchester - June 2016
The PALM Risk Tool (Prioritizing Areas, Landscapes and Mills) is a simple to use and automated way to assess the risk of deforestation associated with a palm oil mill and its supply base. This global tool prioritizes mills within a company’s supply chain to guide improvements toward zero-...