Bangladesh suffered widespread damage as a result of Cyclone Amphan. Yet the Sundarbans mangrove forest acted as a natural barrier protecting the country from further destruction, as it has done countless times before.
The most powerful tool to save forests is now operational
The World Resources Institute and Google have launched Global Forest Watch. It is a groundbreaking tool to fight illegal logging.
It is called Global Forest Watch and, to date, it seems to be the most effective and the fastest tool to monitor the conservation status of forests all over the world, and to contribute to prevent illegal logging. It is a well-known datum that every minute a forest area of the dimensions of 50 soccer fields disappears, but answering where, when and who is way more complicated. When the local responsible is identified, it’s too late to do something.
Thus, the World Resources Institute launched a cutting-edge project thanks to the collaboration of 40 partners, including Google, the University of Maryland, Esri and Imazon. The Global Forest Watch combines for the first time ever unlimited data to millions of high definition satellite images, collected over 40 years and made available by the United States Geological Survey, American geological company.
This tool allows a real-time monitoring of worldwide forests’ status. NGOs can launch and share warnings of anomalous situations just as they take place, or they can sign up in order to receive alerts by other users. Everyone can join it and ask governments, companies and organisations for immediate answers, in order to stop illegal deforestation.
The planet lost 2.3 million square kilometres of forests between 2000 and 2012, contributing to exacerbate climate change. Forests, in fact, absorb and store CO2, but just few people notice it. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Probably it doesn’t. However, from now on, everybody can hear the sound of every tree that falls, and prevent other trees to fall.
A historic win for the Ashaninka of Brazil as they receive compensation for deforestation on their land
On top of a 2.4 million dollar compensation, the indigenous Ashaninka people will receive an official apology from the companies who deforested their lands in the 1980s.
The tapir was reintroduced into Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, the country’s most at-risk ecosystem. The species can play a key role in the forest’s recovery.
Forests are home to 80 per cent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. This year’s International Day of Forests highlights the urgent changes needed to save them.
After a legal battle that lasted two years, Indonesia’s Supreme Court has revoked the permit to mine for coal in the forests of South Kalimantan in Borneo.
The list of human and animal victims of the Australia wildfires keeps growing – one species might already have gone extinct – as the smoke even reaches South America.
Areas where the FARC guerrilla used to hold power in Colombia have faced record deforestation. Farmers cut down trees, burn land and plant grass for cows. Because, “what else can we do for a living here in the Colombian Amazon”? An intimate report from the heart of the felled forest in Caquetá.
Refusing the anthropocentric vision and respecting the laws of ecology is the only way to safeguard the future of our and all other species, Sea Shepherd President Paul Watson argues in this op-ed.
The 2019 edition of International Mountain Day is “Mountains matter for youth”, highlighting the need to bring young people back to highland areas to take care of their cultural and natural resources.