02 June 2017

HCVN to map HCVs and HCS forests

As a Global Forest Watch Small Grants Fund recipient, the HCVRN will map HCVs and HCS forests to help achieve no-deforestation in commodity production.

As a Global Forest Watch Small Grants Fund recipient, the HCVRN will map HCVs and HCS forests to help achieve no-deforestation in commodity production.
Global Forest Watch (GFW) has just announced this year’s recipients of the Small Grants Fund. Nine new projects from around the world will be integrating GFW tools and data into their work to improve forest outcomes.

The focus of this year’s Small Grants Fund—now in its fourth year—is on addressing the critical need for timely data to inform rapid responses. Unauthorized burning, illegal logging and unlawful agricultural conversion are formidable challenges, but GFW’s near real-time alert systems can increase the timeliness and effectiveness of responses to these threats. Daily VIIRS fire alerts and weekly GLAD deforestation alerts, along with other land use and forest change data on GFW, are crucial components of each of the 2017 projects.

The usefulness of near real-time forest change alerts is not limited to on-the-ground forest monitoring. GFW data can help investors, commodity buyers and certification bodies monitor forests from afar and make more informed decisions.

The HCV Network identifies, manages and monitors High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest areas, which are important components of the “no-deforestation” commitments made by many global companies. The network will use GFW to map HCV/HCS areas and incorporate near real-time alerts into their assessment protocols in order to more quickly identify and respond to threats.
Read the original post published by GFW here.

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