You don’t necessarily have to be a “tree hugger” to care about trees. The health of our trees and forests is a great indicator of the overall health of Earth, its atmosphere, and its biosphere. And since is currently the only planet we have to inhabit, it makes sense for us to all take a greater interest in the things that make for a healthier planet…including its trees and forests! Ever heard of Global Forest Watch (GFW)? It’s an open-access online platform that’s chock-full of tools to help you keep your finger on the pulse of the world’s forests. Since being launched in 2014, Global Forest Watch has been accessed by more than 1.5 million people, and GFW has also earned several awards and accolades along the way. WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH GFW? GFW is really available to anyone, and thousands of people use it every day to help monitor and manage forests, stop illegal deforestation and fires, call out unsustainable activities, research the progress of conservation efforts, and more. WHICH TYPES OF INFORMATION ARE ACCESSIBLE?
1.Basic information about the world’s forests
2.Access to some deeper forest insights
3.Stats by country
4.Deforestation status updates
5.Monitoring of forest fires
EXAMPLES OF INSIGHTS THAT CAN BE GLEANED FROM GSW
a.Explore forest change data from any designated land area over a certain period of time. You can look for trends or patterns focused on tree coverage gain or loss, deforestation, fire alerts, and more.
b.Compare the amount of tree coverage among different nations and regions.
c.Track human impacts on the forests and land in various areas, including the effects of infrastructure builds, mining activities, palm oil mills, and more.
d.Focus on climate change data related to forests and the carbon cycle, including emissions, gains, and density values.
e.Examine the effects of forest change on biodiversity, including impacts on forest-dwelling species and endemic species. You can also follow critical sites where endangered species conservation is being monitored, and even track the areas that carry the highest levels of human threat. Ready to learn more about how Earth’s forests are doing? Check out this informative infographic from Carport Direct, What is Global Forest Watch and How Do You Use It? And when you’re ready to access the GFW online suite of tools, you can also click over to