Estimating the Role of Seven Commodities in Agriculture-Linked Deforestation: Oil Palm, Soy, Cattle, Wood Fiber, Cocoa, Coffee, and Rubberby Elizabeth Dow Goldman, Mikaela Weisse, Nancy Harris and Martina Schneider - November 2020
This paper describes new methods for estimating the area of forest replaced by commodity production, and presents results for seven key commodities from 2001 to 2015.
by Sheila N. Onzere, Natalie Elwell, Edward R. Carr, Cynthia Caron and Denise Bebbington - June 2020
New WRI research in Liberia finds that women’s participation in local forest management can improve both their socioeconomic status and the sustainability of forest resources that support local communities’ lives and livelihoods. Yet complex power dynamics, authority and competing interests converge to prevent women from engaging in these decision-making processes. This paper finds that significant social and regulatory change must occur to foster gender and social equity in forest governance.
by Sarah Sargent, Maria Papadopolou, Laura González, Hans Bakker, Paula den Hartog, Aleyda Carillo, Anne Rosenbarger and Thailynn Munroe - March 2020
This paper discusses the data collection, verification, and publication process of a global asset list, the Universal Mill List.
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
This paper discusses the methodology used to produce the Places to Watch Palm and Soy layers on the Global Forest Watch platform.
A Case Study from Peruby Mikaela Weisse, Ruth Nogueron, Rolando Eduardo Vivanco Vicencio and Daniel Arturo Castillo Soto - October 2019
This paper discusses the use of near-real-time deforestation alerts to combat illegal deforestation in Peru, as well as the enabling conditions and challenges to the use of this data.
by Nancy Harris, Elizabeth Dow Goldman and Samantha Gibbes - March 2019
This paper discusses the creation and implications of the first global, spatially explicit planted trees database.
by Nancy Harris, Crystal Davis, Elizabeth Dow Goldman, Rachael Petersen and Samantha Gibbes - June 2018
This working paper explains how much and why results differ between nationally reported deforestation estimates and the Global Forest Change (GFC) tree cover loss data of Hansen et al. (2013).
by Mikaela Weisse, Rachael Petersen, Sarah Sargent and Samantha Gibbes - December 2017
This paper lays out a methodology for filtering millions of weekly deforestation alerts in order to find the most concerning areas of forest clearing.
by Elizabeth Dow Goldman, Nancy Harris and Thomas Maschler - July 2017
This paper discusses findings from a spatial land use change modeling study on future forest loss in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s forests. Key findings include a historical analysis of forest loss, identification of the influence of drivers on forest loss, the amount and location of future forest loss and associated carbon emissions, and implications for future land-use and climate policy decisions.
by Jessica Webb, Rachael Petersen, Elizabeth Moses, Carole Excell, Mikaela Weisse, Liz Bourgault and Sam Szoke-Burke - March 2017
This working paper gives an overview of the availability of information for land concessions in 14 forested countries, with a special focus on open spatial information. More specifically, this paper examines the legal framework for granting concessions, laws governing the disclosure of spatial concessions data, and the completeness and quality of concessions data in each country.