This video summarises Forests 2020, a major project supported by the UK Space Agency, managed by Ecometrica, to improve forest monitoring in six developing countries (Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Ghana and Kenya).  The video explains the main Earth Observation innovations that will be developed and how this knowledge will be applied practically to help local communities, regional authorities and national institutions improve their understanding of forest change and therefore assist with forest governance.  

The footage shows interviews with the UK scientists and local partners in Mexico and was filmed in one of the project window areas in El Ocote Biosphere Reserve in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. In this case study, Forests 2020 is supporting local organisations, such as Cooperativa AMBIO and ECOSUR, to work with local communities and authorities to collect field information that will be used to calibrate satellite images to map potential forest fire risk.

In the current phase of the project, UK partners are working with local partner organisations to improve forest change detection, forest degradation mapping, modelling deforestation risk, forest fire risk and potential areas for restoration.  

Video directed by Carlos Herrera ( Please leave any comments in the box below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!



  1. I enjoyed the video very much, and also the article. I’d like to put a version of the article on NCEO’s website, and a link to your article and video. Would it be possible for you to email me a Word version of the article, with a picture, please? Thanks

    Jan Fillingham, NCEO (National Centre for Earth Observation)

  2. Thank you for the Video. Involvement of local communities to monitor their forest resources (fire in particular) using the information generated by Forests 2020 is really impressive. Would it be possible to have such materials (audio-visuals, and publications) via email or posts?

    Prem Neupane
    Friends of Nature, Nepal
    Institute for World Forestry, Hamburg

    1. Hi Prem, thanks for your comment! If you sign up for our newsletter you will get all of our news delivered via email. If you scroll right down to the bottom of this page you’ll find the Newsletter signup form in the footer.

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