Monitoring farm-level deforestation with MapHubs Forest

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Farm level monitoring has long been regarded as the holy grail of deforestation monitoring.

With pressure increasing on companies and their suppliers to make good on their commitments to zero deforestation, MapHubs Forest provides a fast and accurate system to monitor deforestation from a small cocoa farm to a large industrial oil palm concession.

Why MapHubs Forest MapHubs Forest brings all of the necessary tools to monitor deforestation at the farm level. There are fantastic visualization websites such as Global Forest Watch and Trase Earth which provide overviews of deforestation information and supply chain risk, but MapHubs Forest offers all the data, mapping, and monitoring tools in one platform. In the four steps, we illustrate how MapHubs can quickly give your organization or company deforestation insights at the farm level and across your entire supply chain.

Step 1 - Load your farms or plantations

First, upload your farm data into your secure, dedicated MapHubs portal (your domain, language, users, etc.). MapHubs handles a variety of files such as shapefiles, kml, csv, and geojson. If you don't have a spatial data, you can make points, lines, and polygons with our suite of mapping tools. Once the data is in the platform you can edit the fields, cartography and use it for run forest reports and publish maps.

Step 2- Run a forest report

Once your data is in the platform, you can report a Forest Report. The report runs both a Tree Cover Loss Analysis between 2001-2016, Remaining Tree Cover (80% canopy density), and GLAD alerts. GLAD alerts can be filtered by canopy density and year and downloaded for use in maps offline analysis.

Step 3 - Verify with satellite imagery

We load the most recent cloud-free Sentinel-2 satellite imagery to your Areas of Interest. If you have an account with DigitalGlobe, Planet, or another imagery provider, you can view images in your portal and use them for verifying deforestation reports and map making.

Step 4 - Publish a map

You can share your forest report with colleagues and partners by making a map. MapHubs' map maker quickly and easily turns your report data into interactive maps, which can be shared privately or publicly by creating a shareable link. Maps can help you verify your supply chain is deforestation-free, identify risks, and make disclosures to investors, buyers, and watchdogs.

Monitor thousands of farms

If you need to monitor thousands of locations, MapHubs provides automated monitoring. Reports can be customized for land use types such as filtering deforestation by canopy density or intact forest landscape, and peatland.

Results are displayed as a ranking, which are updated as new alerts and data sets become available.

Coming soon

MapHubs Forest will soon add a mobile application for field-based data collection. This will seamlessly integrate with your MapHubs portal, providing field level verification of deforestation as well as tools for collecting additional information such as social and environmental safeguards.

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