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  • New Small Grants Fund Can Help Civil Society Groups Combat Deforestation

    New Small Grants Fund Can Help Civil Society Groups Combat Deforestation

    With the launch of Global Forest Watch (GFW), anyone with an internet connection can now access troves of timely, high-quality information about where, when, and why forests are changing worldwide. The free, online monitoring system provides the ...

    Rachael Petersen

  • FORMA: A Near-Real Time Alert System for Tropical Forest Loss

    FORMA: A Near-Real Time Alert System for Tropical Forest Loss

    If you were the administrator of a protected forest, you would ideally have a staff of rangers on patrol, backed up by law enforcement and high-resolution satellite images to keep you up-to-date on the forest’s condition. In this ideal world, ...

    Robin Kraft

  • Bamboo: The Secret Weapon in Forest and Landscape Restoration?

    Bamboo: The Secret Weapon in Forest and Landscape Restoration?

    In the world of forestry, bamboo doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. Dismissed as a weed or marginalized in traditional forest management, bamboo could actually play an important role in forest and landscape restoration. With adequate ...

    Kathleen Buckingham

  • 9 Maps that explain the World`s Forests

    9 Maps that explain the World`s Forests

    This post is co-authored with Dave Thau, senior developer advocate for Google Earth Engine, Google`s satellite image processing platform. By the time we find out about deforestation, it’s usually too late to take action. Scientists have been ...

    Crystal Davis;Dave Thau

  • Global Forest watch - join the movement

    Global Forest watch - join the movement

    We know remarkably little about what is happening to forests. Businesses currently have no way of determining whether or how much the soy, palm oil, or pulp and paper they use contribute to deforestation. So companies like Unilever and ...

    Nigel Sizer

  • Global Forest Watch: dynamic new platform to protect forests worldwide

    Global Forest Watch: dynamic new platform to protect forests worldwide

    On Wed. Feb. 19, 2014, the World Resources Institute (WRI), Google, and a group of more than 40 partners launched Global Forest Watch (GFW), a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage ...

  • Press Advisory: Global Forest Watch to provide unprecedented monitoring of forests worldwide

    Press Advisory: Global Forest Watch to provide unprecedented monitoring of forests worldwide

    On February 20, the World Resources Institute (WRI) will launch Global Forest Watch (GFW), a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. Created by WRI, Google, and more than 40 ...

  • Improving Food Security in the Sahel is difficult, but achievable

    Improving Food Security in the Sahel is difficult, but achievable

    Africa’s Sahel suffers from degraded soils, erratic rainfall, and an exploding population—all of which hold huge implications for the region’s food security. A recent speech quantified just how dire the situation is this year. ...

    Chris Reij

  • Satellite-Based forest clearing detection in the Brazilian Amazon: FORMA, DETER, and PRODES

    Satellite-Based forest clearing detection in the Brazilian Amazon: FORMA, DETER, and PRODES

    The advent of near-real-time forest monitoring can dramatically strengthen efforts by governments, businesses, and communities to conserve and sustainably manage the world’s forests. This issue brief introduces a system called FORest ...

    David Wheeler;Dan Hammer;Robin Kraft;Aaron Steele

  • 2 Things You Need to Know about Indonesia`s Forest Moratorium

    2 Things You Need to Know about Indonesia`s Forest Moratorium

    Indonesia’s forest moratorium, a policy aiming to protect an area the size of Japan from development, represents one of the most ambitious conservation schemes ever established in the country. But is it actually making progress in improving ...

    Ariana Alisjahbana;Kemen Austin

  • Cuba`s Jardines de la Reina Reef—A Beacon of Hope in the Caribbean

    Cuba`s Jardines de la Reina Reef—A Beacon of Hope in the Caribbean

    A coral reef in Cuba isn’t just a tourist destination—it can be a lesson in effective ecosystem management. I recently visited Cuba at the invitation of “The Ocean Doctor,” an NGO led by Dr. David Guggenheim, a marine ...

    Lauretta Burke

  • Indonesia`s Forest Moratorium - Impacts and Next Steps

    Indonesia`s Forest Moratorium - Impacts and Next Steps

    Executive Summary An important achievement of the moratorium is the creation of a much-needed window of opportunity to develop critical forest governance reforms. In May 2013, the moratorium was extended for an additional two years. This extension ...

    Kemen Austin;Ariana Alisjahbana;Andika Putraditama;Fred Stolle;Taryono Darusman;Rachmat Boediono;Bambang Eko Budianto;Christian Purba;Giorgio Budi Indrarto;Erica Pohnan

  • Warsaw Climate Meeting Makes Progress on Forests, REDD+

    Warsaw Climate Meeting Makes Progress on Forests, REDD+

    For most observers, the outcomes of this year’s climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland COP 19 were an inadequate response to climate change. But there was one bright spot— negotiators made big advances on a program called Reducing ...

    Fred Stolle;Ariana Alisjahbana

  • What Does it Take for Successful Forest Landscape Restoration?

    What Does it Take for Successful Forest Landscape Restoration?

    This week in Washington, D.C., members of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) met to advance strategies to restore degraded forest landscapes around the world. Such restoration has the potential to bring millions of ...

    Craig Hanson;Stewart Maginnis

  • 4 Reasons Assessing Governance Matters for Forests and People

    4 Reasons Assessing Governance Matters for Forests and People

    The world’s forests and the people who depend on them face a host of challenges—including deforestation, rural poverty, and degradation of critical ecosystem services. These negative outcomes are often exacerbated by weak forest ...

    Lauren Goers Williams

  • Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises: Key Players in Climate Adaptation

    Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises: Key Players in Climate Adaptation

    In most developing economies, Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) employ up to 78 percent of the population and account for approximately 29 percent of the national GDP. Their presence in communities throughout the world– big and ...

    Pieter Terpstra;Abigail Ofstedahl

  • The Global Food Challenge Explained in 18 Graphics

    The Global Food Challenge Explained in 18 Graphics

    The world is projected to hold a whopping 9.6 billion people by 2050. Figuring out how to feed all these people—while also advancing rural development, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting valuable ecosystems—is one of the ...

    Janet Ranganathan

  • Creating a Sustainable Food Future: Interim Findings - A menu of solutions to sustainably feed more than 9 billion people by 2050

    Creating a Sustainable Food Future: Interim Findings - A menu of solutions to sustainably feed more than 9 billion people by 2050

    The world’s agricultural system faces a great balancing act. To meet different human needs, by 2050 it must simultaneously produce far more food for a population expected to reach about 9.6 billion, provide economic opportunities for the ...

    Tim Searchinger;Craig Hanson;Janet Ranganathan;Brian Lipinski;Richard Waite;Robert Winterbottom;Ayesha Dinshaw;Ralph Heimlich

  • 3 Things To Think About Before Buying Your Thanksgiving Turkey

    3 Things To Think About Before Buying Your Thanksgiving Turkey

    Thanksgiving is time for celebration of family, football, and friends, sandwiched between platters of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. But when you head out to pick up those last minute ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast, you may want to ...

    Manish Bapna;Craig Hanson;Brian Lipinski

  • Complex Disasters in a Globalized World: A Look at the 2008 Food Crisis

    Complex Disasters in a Globalized World: A Look at the 2008 Food Crisis

    Globalization means that we are all connected—for good or for bad. Systems are connected across countries and sectors. For instance, food production is intimately connected to energy, water, and finance, and drought in the United States can ...

    Ayesha Dinshaw;Johan Schaar