The Global Forest Watch project may become a fantastic tool for consumers interested in finding out whether or not their products have really been sourced from responsibly felled trees or anybody interested in gaining an overall view on deforestation.
The project utilizes cloud computing services provided by the Google Earth project. Google mapping and new algorithms from the University of Maryland and it's hoped it will empower worldwide peoples to monitor deforestation and felling within their environments.
The Pater Surui people of Brazil are already using smartphones and GPS programs to monitor illegal logging in their neighborhood. And it's felt this technology will enable other groups to monitor illegal tree cutting within their environments. The Global Forest Watch project illustrates almost real time deforestation on a worldwide mapping basis, as illustrated in this sister article from Digital Journal.