Guide to ESG data providers :: Global Forest Watch

World Resources Institute - Global Forest Watch

Data category

Environmental data

What data do you provide?

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world. Special “apps” provide more detailed information, for example, GFW Fires, GFW Climate, and GFW Pro (please see separate submission for GFW Pro). 

Where and how do you source your data?

GFW is committed to providing the highest-quality data on the world’s forests that is currently available. All of the data provided on GFW have been assessed with respect to several indicators of quality, including timeliness, accuracy, completeness, geographic coverage, innovation, and objectivity. 

Data on Global Forest Watch come from a variety of sources, including governments, NGOs, academia, and industry. To acquire new data, GFW: 

  • Researches and incorporates publicly available open data 
  • Forms partnerships to move data into the public domain 
  • Funds the creation of data sets to fill key gaps 
  • Applies cutting-edge science and technology to produce new data (e.g. FORMA alerts)

Who are the data users?

Thousands of people around the world use GFW every day to monitor and manage forests, stop illegal deforestation and fires, call out unsustainable activities, defend their land and resources, sustainably source commodities, and conduct research at the forefront of conservation. 

What is the cost for your data offering?

No cost. GFW has an open data policy, intended to provide information free of constraints and restrictions on use. All of the data, graphics, charts and other material we produce carry the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 licensing. This means users are able to download, share, and adapt the data for any use, including commercial and non-commercial uses. Users must attribute the data appropriately, using the information provided in the data set description.

Some data displayed on the Global Forest Watch platform was developed by other organizations and may carry other licensing or permissions. For data sets not produced by GFW, WRI provides links to download data from the original source when they are available. Please refer to the original licensing for these data sets.