A forest-mapping tool designed to help Cameroon fight illegal logging has been created by the country’s government and the World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch (GFW).

The partnership has produced a report on the state of forest concessions as well as maps to help Cameroon’s ministry of forests and fauna detect illegal logging.

GFW used satellite images and accurate information to map logging roads and identify forest boundaries and protected areas. The maps will also aid the introduction of sustainable forest management plans in forest concessions.

GFW is training government officials, industry and the public to use the tool, which includes the print publication Interactive Forestry Atlas of Cameroon, in daily decision-making.

GFW plans to produce similar tools in the Republic of Congo and throughout Central Africa over the next few years.