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In this Smart Forests Radio episode, we invite Kaitlyn Thayer and Gabrielle Nussbaum from the World Resources Institute (WRI) to speak about Global Forest Watch, an open-source platform for near real-time global forest monitoring. The platform is used by a wide array of different actors, including protected area managers, Indigenous communities, governments, corporations and journalists, to monitor and act on deforestation events. Kaitlyn and Gabrielle discuss how the GFW team continuously develops tools and collaborates with multiple stakeholders to produce credible data. The conversation also touches on the challenges of publishing data amid ongoing political changes.

Interviewers: Yuti Ariani Fatimah and Jennifer Gabrys

Producer: Harry Murdoch

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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: Thayer, Kaitlyn , Gabrielle Nusbaumm, Yuti Ariani Fatimah, and Jennifer Gabrys, "Global Forest Watch: Monitoring to Reduce Deforestation", Smart Forests Atlas (2023), https://atlas.smartforests.net/en/radio/global-forest-watch. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10687427.

Header image: Global Forest Watch platform. Image source: Global Forest Watch [map]. Retrieved 26 September 2023, from https://www.globalforestwatch.org

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