The loss and degradation of the world’s forests accounts for around 17% of carbon emissions and could have far-reaching consequences for humanity. Forests produce vital oxygen and provide homes for people and wildlife. Deforestation is a threat that comes in many forms, including fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching and development, unsustainable logging and degradation due to climate change.
And while global programmes, such as REDD+, now incentivise sustainability and emission reduction, monitoring progress is still a challenge. It’s notoriously difficult to get an accurate picture of the changes in forest cover from the ground and to spot the countless, small-scale logging and forest clearing activities at a global or hectare level.