On 3rd December 2011, Forest Governance Integrity has launched this Forest Watch Project involves the application of technology to monitor and asses forest cover changes. The Forest Watch Project is developed to involve the public to become eyes and ears of the forest by monitoring using Google Earth Geospatial Technology (satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe) to assess forest cover and report irregularities through its new website www.timalaysia-forestwatch.org.my.
The Forest Governance Integrity (FGI) Project of Transparency International-Malaysia has been organizing capacity building programmes on Forest Monitoring Using Google Earth Geospatial Technology to enhance public participation in forest management and to promote environmental stewardship. This one-of-a-kind project is envisaged to enhance public awareness on forest conservation to promote exemplary forest governance. The project provides a platform for the general public and stakeholders to be involved in forest governance by monitoring and assessing forest cover. We have also developed the Forest Watch Mobile Application to enable Voluntary Forest Monitors to report suspicious activities in a most efficient and practical manner.