Monitoring, evaluation, learning and impact assessment (MELIA)

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 meters spatial resolution deforestation alerts to its main portal and five other forest monitoring information portals. Since 2014, TERRA-i Peru is 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 Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand that include new case studies, training and fund raising.

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