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Monitoring forests in near real time

Forests play a vital role in stabilizing the climate, but in spite of recent efforts to combat deforestation, many of the world’s ecosystems are under threat. Between 1990 and 2016, the world lost 502,000 square miles (1.3 million square kilometers) of forest, according to the World Bank—an area larger than South Africa.
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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.

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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.

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