IRI Colombia partners with World Resources Institute to provide religious leaders with training on the Global Forest Watch platform

On May 19th, IRI Colombia partnered with World Resources Institute to hold a capacity building workshop on the Global Forest Watch platform, which leverages satellite data, advanced computer algorithms and cloud computing power to allow experts and non-experts, conservation organizations, indigenous communities, policy makers, journalists and companies to collect information about forest changes (tree coverage loss, tree coverage gain, where these changes are occurring, fire alerts, etc.), land activity (infrastructure projects, mining, palm oil ,etc.) and much more. The training run by Global Forest Watch was attended by the IRI Colombia country team as well as 38 representatives from all 36 local chapters, equipping religious leaders across the country with a new tool in their efforts to advocate for the protection and restoration of Colombia’s forests.