To help decision-makers achieve sustainable management of forest resources through strengthened land-use planning and monitoring.
Using satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing, empowers people around the world to contribute to better forest management. GFW was launched by the in 1997 as an initiative to establish a global forest monitoring network. Merging the latest technology with on-the-ground partnerships, GFW has since published "forest atlases" for , the , the , the , , and that are designed to help decision-makers sustainably manage their forest resources, as well as state-of-the-forest reports for , , , and and related policy reports for and . In 2011, GFW was re-launched with an expanded group of and new advanced monitoring capabilities.
Outstanding Web Features:
Visitors to the site can interact with a data-driven of the globe to analyze trends in forest change, forest cover, forest use, and forest conservation; overlay data across categories; and/or zoom in on a specific data point for additional details. The site also provides highlighting key data on the state of an individual country's forests, the forestry sector's contribution to the national economy, climate change data, and relevant laws and conventions. Under GFW's and policy, can be downloaded for free by governments, companies, nongovernmental organizations, indigenous communities, members of the media, researchers, and concerned citizens seeking to better manage forests and improve local livelihoods.
In addition to data, users can read submitted by people on the ground or their own stories showing how forests in their country are being managed, cleared, or protected. Visitors to the site can also stay abreast od developments through the GFW , subscribe to e-alerts, or join the conversation at the GFW .