Get deep into Forests

Published: Monday 31 May 2004

How much forest is left in the world? How much forest are we losing? How are forests threatened? For answers to all these questions visit this website run by the World Resources Institute, a Washington-based non-profit organisation. Maps, lively interactive ones, are the website's great strength. Click on Canada, and you get 15 kinds of maps on its forests -- from commercial forestry to forest access and conversion. And Canada is just one of the countries and maps among the other information the website has. Maps on Africa, North and South America, Asia, Eurasia, Oceania and the globe are available. Want a close view of a national park in Canada, just zoom in on a map. Want to know about the endangered forests in India, punch in a query and the site will mark them out on a map. More than 35 gigabytes of map data can be downloaded for free at the website's 'data warehouse'. Information on logging in Cameroon or the state of Indonesia's forest can downloaded in PDF format from the website's publication section. But there is a catch, you have to register yourself at the warehouse section. The links section has a rich collection of website addresses of non-governmental organisations and research groups. The website's mission is to save 'frontier forests', which it describes as the world's remaining large intact natural forest ecosystems -- undisturbed and large enough to maintain all of their biodiversity. Visit the website and become a global forest watcher.

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