Monitoring forests in near real time
Striking the balance between the population’s demand for natural resources and the need for conservation requires exhaustive and comprehensive data to help politicians and resource managers make responsible decisions, and to empower indigenous people and environmentalists to challenge illegal deforestation.
Global Forest Watch (GFW) can provide this information. GFW monitors the world s forests using high-resolution aerial imagery from NASA s Landsat satellite and information from scientists on the ground to keep watch on the health of global forest ecosystems. GFW works in collaboration with FORMA, SAD, NASA, Google and the University of Maryland to collect data on forest change, showing global tree cover loss and gain, which is displayed on an interactive map.