Communities Use Facebook to Monitor Forests

16 December 2013

In the birthplace of Arabica coffee — Ethiopia’s Kafa Biosphere Reserve — rangers are using Facebook to monitor and verify changes in their forests.

As part of a joint study with the German nongovernmental organization Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), scientists from Wageningen University and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), use remote sensing satellite data to observe the area from space in near real time. If they detect a change, they immediately notify the 30 rangers on the ground via a private Facebook group.

“From space we just see something is happening — but we don’t really know what, or why,” said Martin Herold, a professor at Wageningen University and a CIFOR associate.

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