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Why map roads?

In tropical forests

Tropical forests are the lungs of our planet, and a haven for biodiversity. New roads can herald development that reduces the size of the forest and its environmental benefits. Maps are a valuable monitoring tool for keeping tropical forests safe.


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Logging in Indonesia and Malaysia

Indonesia has the world's 3rd largest tropical rainforest, but is ranked 2nd for deforestation. Forest fires occur annually across the country, but 2015 was the worst year to date with air pollution reaching more than 2,000 on the Pollution Standard index - with anything above 300 considered hazardous to health. The aim of the mapping is to provide spatial information related to logging activities, such as where they are taking place and just how extensive the area is. The data can then be used to investigate correlations between evidence of deforestation, such as canals used to transport logged trees, which in this case has been linked to draining the peatlands. Learn more here or start contributing! Photo: Trucks carrying logs in Gunung Lumut, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, by CIFOR https://www.flickr.com/photos/cifor/6237393768

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Logging in Chimpanzee Habitat

Chimpanzee habitat is under increasing pressure from the logging industry. New roads cut deep into forests populated with endangered chimpanzees. Without careful management, these roads can attract poachers targeting primates and migrant farmers clearing forests to plant crops. Mapping roads in chimpanzee habitats helps us assess the scale and rate of habitat fragmentation and identify potential illegal logging operations. Photo: Chimpanzee in Kibale National Park by Kent MacElwee https://www.flickr.com/photos/kmacelwee/13841787263

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Congo Basin Logging Roads

After the Amazon, the Congo Basin considered the world’s second lung. It’s forests help regulate our climate and play home to an abundance of biodiversity and rich cultures. Over time, the forests of the Congo Basin have been opened up by the logging industry seeking valuable hardwoods. Poor management has lead to increasing human migration into pristine forests areas threatening unique biodiversity and indigenous hunter gatherer cultures such as baka pygmies who depend on the forest for their livelihoods. Photo: Wood Truck for the Company Fabrique Camerounaise de paquets (FIPCAM) near the village of Ngon. District of Ebolowa, Cameroon. Photo by Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). https://www.flickr.com/photos/cifor/8002349036

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Global Forest Watch Partner's Meeting - Mapathon

Join us for a virtual mapathon during the 2017 GFW partners meeting.


ReCaREDD - Roadless Forest workshop

Mapathon to train ReCaREDD participants how to use Logging Roads. We'll be covering how to use tasking manager, iD Editor, and mapping new roads in the Cameroon, Republic of Congo, and DRC. After the training, all participants should know how to mapping logging roads using OpenStreetMap tools.


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