Monitoring Logging in the Congo Basin

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Logging roads are a major indicator of deforestation in the Congo Basin . Until now, their reach has been difficult to visualize, obscuring the rapid rise in deforestation in the region. Often, these roads are discovered only after they have been abandoned.

The Logging Roads project is a joint initiative of Global Forest Watch and Moabi to monitor the spread of logging roads across the Congo Basin.

Together, we are analyzing over a decade of imagery to track rainforest logging road activity.

Image: CIFOR / Ollivier Girard

But we can’t do it alone. The project relies on contributions from individual volunteers to interpret satellite imagery and track the growth of logging activity.

The Logging Roads Initiative serves as a call to action for those passionate about preserving these diverse and important landscapes. Through crowdsourcing we can drastically improve the oversight of environmental activity.

Sounds good? Let’s get started.

Image: CIFOR / Ollivier Girard

All data is edited within OpenStreetMap - a global, open geographic database built entirely by contributions from the crowd. Data is licensed under the Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL)

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All data is freely available for download.



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You can help track logging roads by identifying what year the road appears using satellite imagery.

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We also need help mapping roads on OpenStreetMap, click here to get started. Also see the OSM Mapping Guide

Please contact us if you are interested in helping with our mapping parties.


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