Your Cool Earth
Impact Report
Autumn 2018

Monitoring rainforest canopy in Peru

Satellite image of rainforest

When Cool Earth was founded ten years ago, satellite data was expensive and difficult to use. Today there is more data, and it’s more freely available.

Cool Earth can use this wealth of data to look at canopy loss in rainforest partnerships. It can help us assess our impact over time, but also allow us to investigate any apparent canopy loss in real time, and report back to the community. By adding this kind of insight to our other monitoring methods such as household survey data, images from camera traps, and other tools, we can begin to get a really detailed picture of Cool Earth’s impact. And as technology improves alongside our own skills and knowledge improves, that picture will become even richer.

Cool Earth’s partner staff kidnapped in the DRC

Kidnapping in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is common. Militia and rebel groups continue to stage regular attacks, especially in less populated areas. Attacks and kidnappings of aid workers in eastern DRC have increased, especially since the early part of this year.

In the area where Cool Earth’s partner NGO Fauna and Flora International (FFI) has its local office and surrounding Cool Earth’s Lubutu partnership, the threat to personal safety is high. It didn’t make it any less of a shock when we heard from FFI that two of their staff had been kidnapped.

Houses on stilts in a rainforest clearing
“If people cannot read and write, foreign and local investors can trick them and get their land. We cannot do conservation without education. Education is enabling for the success of the conservation program.” - Gellie Akui, Local Coordinator, PNG
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