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Glasgow forest declaration needs new modes of data ownership

Monitoring progress in the Glasgow ‘Declaration on Forests’ remains impossible without open sharing of data. Three actions are required if this declaration is to succeed.

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Fig. 1: The amount of free and open information used to monitor the state of the world’s forests has increased exponentially over time.


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This work was made possible through the EFINET project funded by the European Forest Institute, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+ ( and the Global Forest Watch (GFW) initiative (, which has many donors including Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).

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G.-J.N., M.P., G.C. and R.V. conceived the idea and wrote part of the article. N.H., D.S., M.B., C.F. and J.R. wrote part of the article. All authors reviewed, revised and approved the final version.

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Nabuurs, GJ., Harris, N., Sheil, D. et al. Glasgow forest declaration needs new modes of data ownership. Nat. Clim. Chang. 12, 415–417 (2022).

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