In 2014 alone, Myanmar has lost 1050 square kilometers (259443 ha) of tree cover, over one eighth of the total loss in the previous 13 years.
Scientists have been studying forests for centuries, documenting the vital importance of these ecosystems for human society. But most of us still lack timely and reliable information about where, when, and why forests are disappearing. Often, by the time we find out about deforestation, it’s usually too late to take action.
According to data from the University of Maryland and Google, the world lost more than 2 million square kilometers of forest between 2000 and 2012. By contrast, only 0.8 million square kilometers have regrown, been planted, or restored during the same period.
In Myanmar this difference is even more striking, with the tree cover loss between 2001 and 2012 amounting to almost 5 times the tree cover gain in surface.
Global Forest Watch is a new amazing tool capable to map the world’s forests with satellite imagery, detect changes in forest cover in near-real-time, and make this information freely available to anyone with Internet access.
This initiative leverages on the expertise of the World Resources Institute, mapping the world’s forests health through satellite images and data collected from a wide number of partners – including the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Google Earth Engine and Google Maps Engine provide the technology needed for detecting changes in forest cover in near-real-time, and make this information freely available to anyone with Internet access.
Explore more detailed data about Myanmar and the health of our forests on the Global Forest Watch website: http://www.globalforestwatch.org/country/MMR