Global Forest Watch Canada has closed its doors

The Board of Directors would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful staff of our organization who have worked hard, over many years, to watch over Canada’s forests.

Times certainly have changed since we started operations in 1999. Back then, it was extremely difficult for the public and non-government organizations to access reliable, high-quality satellite imagery. A core mandate of Global Watch Forest Canada has always been to make this information available to the public and to hold decision-makers accountable. Now, access to satellite imagery is much more easily available for the public to see what’s happening to our forests.

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Public Lands, Public Geospatial Data: Some Jurisdictions Lag Behind

(2017-05-30) Many governments in Canada have committed to open government, and open data. However, these commitments have not yet resulted in comprehensive availability of open geospatial datasets on how governments allocate public lands and sub-surface resources. An analysis conducted by Global Forest Watch Canada (GFWC) found that not all provinces and territories have publicly available open datasets on forestry, mineral, and petroleum/natural gas concessions.

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Measuring Comprehensive Wealth in Canada

(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:

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Expanding Human Disturbance Footprint in Quebec's Broadback River Watershed

(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.

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Human Footprint in Alberta’s Newest Proposed Parks Already an Issue

(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.” 

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New Analysis Shows Proposed Castle Protected Areas Require Restoration

(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.”  

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Decrease in Canada’s large intact forest landscapes between 2000 and 2013

(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.

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Summer 2016 Job Postings

(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.

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GFWC has moved!

(2016-01-04) GFWC's office is now located in Ottawa! Please see the new info on our Contact Us page and update your address book accordingly.  

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GFWC’s Executive Director Wynet Smith to participate in Homeward Bound, an expedition to unite Women in Science

(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.

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