This is how local people are helping to map the trees that tech cannot 

A vine climbs along the bark of a tree in the Karura forest in Nairobi, Kenya, April 16, 2020.

The human eye is capable of capturing data that satellites cannot. Image: REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Katie Reytar
Research Associate, World Resources Institute
Marie Duraisami
Manager, Sustainable Landscapes And Restoration, WRI India
Will Anderson
Communications Lead, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI
Carolina Gallo Granizo
Researcher, The Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism
Dow Martin
Manager, Global Restoration Initiative
Bernadette Arakwiye
Research Associate, Forest Program, WRI Africa
Tesfay Woldemariam
GIS Research Associate, Global Restoration Initiative
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Steps in Planning, Conducting, and Processing the Data from a Collect Earth Mapathon
Mapathons allow people with first-hand knowledge of local landscapes to participate without any prior knowledge of remote sensing. Image: World Resources Institute
Ethiopia's Sodo Guragie District: Tree cover change across land uses (2010-2015).
High forests are down 96% in dense woodland in Ethiopia's Sodo Guragie District. Image: World Resources Institute
A Collect Earth mapathon event in Gatsibo, Rwanda.
A Collect Earth mapathon event in Gatsibo, Rwanda. Image: WRI
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