Exciting Plans for GFWC in 2016
(2016-02-26) My first year as Executive Director of Global Forest Watch Canada (GWFC) was a very busy and exhilarating year (it was so busy that I am only writing this in month 14). Taking over an organisation requires lots of learning, as I discovered throughout the course of 2015, and it can be exhausting too. After taking time to get to know the organization, its strengths and limitations, I have begun to make many changes, including moving our office to Ottawa. There are many more changes ahead in 2016 as we must move with the times and the advent of new technologies and big data.
Of course, GFWC has always done great work, so we will retain many of our core functions such as updating national datasets on development activities. Also, as we always want to produce the best datasets and maps possible, we will retain our commitment to reviewing new products.
On a broader note about our work, I had the pleasure of participating in my first Global Forest Watch (GFW) partnership meeting in Washington DC in early February. GFWC has been a partner in the GFW initiative since the beginning. With the wide array of organisations now involved, the opportunities for exploring new solutions for old problems, or new solutions for new problems, seems limitless. The speed and range of technologies now available is certainly exciting. I returned to Canada with new inspiration and many ideas for how to move GFWC forward as its own organisation and as a member of the GFW partnership. I thank all those at the World Resources Institute and other partners for an informative and productive meeting. See www.globalforestwatch.org for more information on the partnership and its work.