The World Resources Institute has produced a range of resources focused on the use, overuse and management of our global forests. There are some info graphics, as shown below, but the main draw of the website is the maps, charts and graphs.
The first map I will be using in class is the Forest Atlas of Equatorial Guinea to show where there is active logging across the country. This information can be used to make decisions about priority areas for protection, or areas where ecological surveys need to take place. The area of biodiversity under threat can also be measured.
This database also has information on climate, energy, food, water, cities, governance and business. Explore it for yourself here.
Today is the launch of World Resources Institute's Global Forest Watch, there is a launch in two hours and this can be followed with the hashtag #gfwlaunch
Global Forest Watch (GFW) is according to the website 'a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests'. The mapping application unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests, providing near-real time, reliable, and actionable data about what is happening in forests worldwide.
The GFW application helps by informing a range of people from concerned citizens, government leaders, buyers and suppliers of sustainable forest products about when and where are forests cleared and who is responsible.
Below is an image of hillside deforestation in Rio de Janeiro. Image via Wikimedia Commons (Alex)