WRI Global Forest Watch 2.0

The Global Forest Watch 2.0 is a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests.

WRI Global Forest Watch 2.0

Global Forest Watch 2.0 is an initiative by the World Resources Institute that brings transparency to forest conservation. Through a complex alert system of satellites and mobile technologies, it monitors the status of forests through time. All the data is open and anyone can use it. GFW serves a variety of users including governments, the private sector, NGOs, journalists, universities, and the general public.

USAID contributed $5.5 million to support GFW 2.0. The initiative will bring together satellite imagery and monitoring systems, multiple tree cover loss alert systems, an abundance of overlay maps, and mobile technology to provide detailed, near-real time information on tropical forests. It will also include crowd-sourcing capability so people on the ground can report deforestation when it takes place.

The GFW 2.0 initiative will support TFA 2020 goals and receive support from several government, business and civil society partners, including Google, the Government of Norway, Staples, and the University of Maryland, among others. WRI will lead development of the new tool, and USAID will support all aspects of development, including working with developing country partners to ensure they have the capacity to access and use GFW 2.0.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • World Resources Institute

    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    The World Resources Institute is a global environmental think tank that goes beyond research to put ideas into action. We work with governments, companies, and civil society to build solutions...

  • Centre for Governance and Development (CGD)

    Advocacy NGO
    Staff size: 26-50

    The Centre for Governance and Development (CGD) is a non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit organization. It emerged out of the realisation by leading pro-democracy reformists that the...

  • Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)

    Denmark | Staff size: Unknown

    Danida is the term used for Denmark’s development cooperation, which is an area of activity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

    Denmark’s development policy...

  • Esri

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    When Esri was founded in 1969, they realized even then that geographic information system (GIS) technology could make a difference in society. Working with others who shared this passion,...

  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle the planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the...

  • Google.org

    Staff size: 26-50

    Google.org uses Google's strengths in information and technology to build products and advocate for policies that address global challenges.

    Google.org builds technology products to...

  • Imazon

    Institute, Implementing NGO
    Brazil | Staff size: Unknown

    Imazon is a non-profit research institution classified as a Civil Society Public Interest Organization (OSCIP), whose mission is to promote sustainable development in the Amazon through studies,...

  • Jane Goodall Institute

    Implementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is an international wildlife and environment conservation organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with branches in many countries. Founded in 1977 by...

  • Johnson & Johnson

    Service Providers, Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    At Johnson & Johnson we are committed to:

    • Building healthy communities through innovative and impactful healthcare solutions and...
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) - The Netherlands

    Funding Agencies
    Netherlands | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes the interests of the Kingdom abroad. The Ministry coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy at its headquarters in The Hague and through its...


    Development Consulting
    Congo, The Democratic Republic of | Staff size: Unknown

    OSFAC was started following a 2000 meeting in Libreville that brought together representatives of forestry and mapping agencies from across Central Africa. At the meeting, participants...

  • ScanEx

    Development Consulting
    Russian Federation | Staff size: Unknown

    SCANEX Research and Development Center (SCANEX R&D Center) is the leading Russian company on the remote sensing market that offers a complete set of services ranging from acquisition to...

  • Skoll Foundation

    Staff size: 26-50

    The Skoll Foundation encompasses two separate corporations: a private foundation, The Skoll Foundation, and a public charity whose legal name is The Skoll Fund. The Skoll Fund, created in 1999,...

  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 501-1000

    Swedish development cooperation is part of a global cooperation in which Sweden is one of many participants. In order to carry out its work, Sida cooperates with Swedish government agencies,...

  • The Tilia Fund

    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The Tilia Fund is a partnership of private donors interested in solving the world's environmental problems. The primary mission is to reduce the threat of global climate change, advance energy...

  • Department for International Development (DFID) - United Kingdom

    Funding Agencies
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID is tackling the global challenges of time including poverty and disease, mass...

  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

    Funding Agencies
    Kenya | Staff size: 501-1000

    UNEP is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system.

    United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) mission is to provide leadership and encourage...

  • University of Maryland

    Staff size: 1001-5000

    The University of Maryland is the flagship campus of the state’s higher educational system and a top-ranked public research institution. They are a diverse community of 38,000 students,...

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Key Information

  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 22.7 Million