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Global Forest Watch Indonesia: Plurality in Defining Forests

deforestation digital platform forest monitoring mapping real-time

In this Smart Forest Radio episode, we invite Benita Nathania, Mirzha Hanifah (Hani), and Hidayah (Iday) Hamzah from the World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia to discuss the use of Global Forest Watch (GFW), an online platform for near real-time forest monitoring in Indonesia. Benita, Hani, and Iday talk about the challenges of utilising GFW in Indonesia. They especially consider complexities related to the diversity of forest definitions and the importance of understanding methodology in interpreting data.

Interviewer: Yuti Ariani Fatimah

Producer: Harry Murdoch

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Language note: This interview takes place in Indonesian.


This radio episode was produced by the Smart Forests project funded by the European Research Council. Smart Forests is led by Professor Jennifer Gabrys and is based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Smart Forests Atlas materials are free to use for non-commercial purposes (with attribution) under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. To cite this radio episode: Nathania, Benita, Mirzha Hanifah, Hidayah Hamzah, and Yuti Ariani Fatimah, "Global Forest Watch Indonesia: Plurality in Defining Forests", Smart Forests Atlas (2024), https://atlas.smartforests.net/en/radio/global-forest-watch-indonesia. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10716078.

Header image: The location of peatland clearing and field verification results using a drone. The red dots represent detected GLAD alerts. Image source: Nathania et al. (2022) [figure]. Retrieved 22 February 2024, from https://wri-indonesia.org/id/publikasi/metode-prioritisasi-peringatan-terkini-perubahan-tutupan-pohon-glad-alert-untuk-berbagai.

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