Commend Creation of Global Forest Protection Tool


Target: World Resources Institute, Google, UN Environment Programme

Goal: Commend organizations for the creation of Global Forest Watch, a tool that allows conservationists to track changes in world forest cover

Global Forest Watch is a new, free, online monitoring and alert system for forest management, and was launched with the help of 40 organizations, with World Resources Institute, Google and the UN Environment Programme being the head of the project. The system is meant to provide a visual for the planet’s disappearing forests and for towns and villages to report on deforestation in their community. Commend these organizations for their aid in building a platform that will assist in protecting our forests.

The application will provide near real time data about what is happening in our forests with satellite imaging, open data, and crowd sourcing information. This feature is especially important when it comes to monitoring how much of our forests are disappearing. From the years 2000 to 2012, the world lost 50 soccer fields of forest every minute of every day for those 12 years. The countries that lost the most forests were Brazil, Russia, Canada, the United States, and Indonesia. It is likely that this destruction will continue, but this platform will help conserve our precious forests.

Global Forest Watch will also keep companies accountable for how much of the environment they’re destroying. It will aid indigenous communities, who can upload photos when there is encroachment on their lands. Evidence can be collected to hold both companies and governments accountable if boundaries have been overstepped. It will also hold major buyers of palm oil, soy, timber, and beef accountable to laws, sustainability commitments, and standards. On the other hand, Global Forest Watch will aid countries like Indonesia in policy making. The data collected by the application will ensure that smart policies are made, help detect illegal forest clearing, and mange forests.

Thanks to Global Forest Watch, we can see how much of our forests are disappearing, and act appropriately to save them. Commend these organizations for making such an ambitious platform and aiding forest conservation.


Dear World Resources Institute, Google, and UN Environment Programme,

I wish to thank your organizations for creating Global Forest Watch, which will become a pivotal tool in protecting our forests. I realize that this project is extremely ambitious and required many organizations to step in and help. With its completion, I bet all of you are breathing a sigh of relief and are anxious to see it in action.

With the rapid destruction of our forests, it is imperative that we can see the damage we humans are causing to our planet, and hopefully reverse it with smarter policies. Again I want to thank you for this platform and I hope it will help make our forests flourish once more.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Albert Jankowski via Wikimedia

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