Deforestation monitoring system

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The Terra-I program – a remote sensing-based deforestation monitoring system jointly funded by Global Forest Watch and FTA – filled important gaps in near real time forest monitoring for the tropics in 2016. Terra-I feeds unique 250-meter spatial resolution deforestation alerts to its main portal and five other forest monitoring information portals. Since 2014, TERRA-i Peru has been the official early warning system for land cover and land-use change in Peru. In 2016, the system was expanded beyond Latin America to the entire global tropics and the frequency of deforestation alerts was reduced from three months to one month. The Terra-I team’s work has also included major new initiatives in Cambodia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam that encompass new case studies, training and fundraising.

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