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(2017-02-02) In December 2016, the International Institute for Sustainable Development released a report entitled "Comprehensive Wealth in Canada - Measuring What Matters in the Long Run." Global Forest Watch Canada is pleased to have provided input into this report through geospatial analysis of ecosystems and ecosytem quality, as one of the metrics that should be measured. The report and further details on the subject can be found at: http://www.iisd.org/comprehensivewealth/en/.
(2016-10-20) Mapping analyses from satellite images shows that the Broadback River watershed, and the boreal forest to the south and east of it, experienced a significant expansion of human development between 1980 and 2015. The analyses, conducted by Global Forest Watch Canada (GFWC), examined the length of linear and area-based disturbances in the Broadback River watershed.
(2016-09-20) “Our analysis shows the extent of linear disturbances in the Castle is already too high to maintain or enhance ecological integrity, particularly in the proposed provincial park,” said Wynet Smith, Executive Director of GFWC. “Much of the linear disturbances need to be removed and rehabilitated if the Castle is to meet its ecological objectives of water security and habitat for species at risk.”
(2016-09-06) The proposed Castle protected area has been subject to fragmentation due to its long history of human use. However, it has the potential to protect some of the last remaining intact forest landscape fragments in the Southern Alberta foothills. As per GFWC’s results (which are summarized in its first bulletin on the issue), Executive Director Wynet Smith notes: “if we are truly to protect one of the greatest water sources and some of the most diverse habitat in Southern Alberta, the Government needs to actively restore this landscape.”
(2016-07-05) Global Forest Watch Canada has just released its newest iteration of Canada’s intact forest landscapes layer, noting a significant decrease in their area. Intact forest landscapes are becoming increasingly rare at the global level. They are also growing in importance as reference points for understanding managed forest landscapes and designing management schemes that preserve or restore significant aspects of the natural forest landscape.
(2016-05-31) Global Forest Watch Canada is seeking to fill two summer GIS Developer Technician positions at our Ottawa office for a period of eight weeks beginning mid-June. Job description and details are available here. Funding for these positions is through the Canada Summer Jobs Program.
(20-10-2015) Homeward Bound is a state-of-the-art leadership and strategic program for women in science from around the globe, a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Antarctica, and a new future for our planet. It is the start of a 10-year outreach initiative to build a 1,000-strong global collaboration of women in science, who have had the same experience at sea together, focusing on the leadership and planning required to contribute to the recognition of our planet as home.
Global Forest Watch Canada’s (GFWC’s) Executive Director, Wynet Smith, is one of 78 remarkable female leaders in science from around the world who will together work on a range of projects throughout 2016, culminating in the 20 day trip to Antarctica to cement the ideas into real time actionable plans. Twelve people in all will deliver program content to change the lives of the women on board the expedition.
(2015/03/16) The Great Bear Rainforest is the name coined by environmental groups in the mid-1990s to refer to this remote region of temperate rain forest on the British Columbia Coast between Vancouver Island and Southeast Alaska. It is one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled temperate coastal rainforest left in the world. The Great Bear Rainforest is the subject of our most recent "hotspot" analysis using the new, high-resolution Hansen forest change dataset. See the summary on the international GFW website: http://www.globalforestwatch.org/stories/185