Crowdsource logging roads using OSM


“Roads are the seeds of tropical forest destruction,” said the prominent ecologist Thomas Lovejoy. But until now, roads have been difficult to map and visualize, often discovered only after they have been abandoned and the damage to the forest around them has been done.

A new tool aims to bring these invisible roads into the spotlight by harnessing the power of crowdsourcing and images of earth from space. Logging Roads ( is a joint initiative of Global Forest Watch and Moabi to monitor the spread of logging roads across the Tropics. Together, with your help we are analyzing over a decade of satellite imagery to track rainforest logging road activity.

With tools developed by OpenStreetMap and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team (HOT), Logging Roads invites anyone with a passion for preserving our planet’s forests to add, edit and improve the geographic data that currently exist for the high-risk Congo Basin region. This data is available for free download, encouraging a greater awareness of the impact of logging activities on the region. It will also be incorporated into the Global Forest Watch and Moabi platforms, so that users can overlay roads with other information, such as protected areas, logging concessions and tree cover loss over time. This information will help decision makers prioritize conservation efforts, protected areas management and enable unprecedented analysis of how logging roads impact forests and other resources.

This talk will introduce you to the different tools and workflows used for the platform and show you how you can edit and download the data. We will also explain how you can further contribute to this initiative and organize your own mapping parties.


Schedule info
Session Time Slot(s):
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 11:15 to 11:50