Three weeks ago, REDD-Monitor wrote about Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring system run by World Resources Institute and more than 40 partners. The tool provides a huge amount of information about the world’s forests, including deforestation, protected areas, biodiversity hotspots, mining, logging, palm oil and wood-fibre plantations.
While recognising the huge improvement over previous forest monitoring systems, REDD-Monitor’s post highlighted three areas of concern: the failure to differentiate between natural forests and plantations; Unilever’s involvement; and Google’s role. James Anderson, Communications Officer at World Resources Institute responded in detail to the article. I invited WRI to write a Guest Post about Global Forest Watch.