Real-time community-based monitoring is a tool that connects local people with national law enforcement in an effort to address a wide range of threats, including illegal logging, illegal mining and oil spills. Using our bespoke ForestLink system, forest communities can send alerts and evidence of a number of threats to the forest, even in remote areas with no mobile connectivity.

We've now created a dedicated digital hub, with the latest resources and updates on how this technology is working on the ground. Visit the link below for more info.



We work in the world's two largest rainforests: the Congo Basin and the Amazon. Spread over billions of acres, these forests are under threat from illegal activities like logging and mining. These activities cause a breakdown in forest habitats, undermining forest and indigenous peoples' livelihoods and destroying ecosystems.

National and local authorities in Africa and Peru often lack the means and mechanisms needed to supervise and control extractive industries' operations, and local communities lack the means and resources to alert authorities to illegalities.

By engaging communities in the fight to tackle illegal logging, this project seeks to strengthen their involvement in forest management using our innovative ForestLink technology. Rather than relying on external or third-party observers, working directly with local communities can help reduce monitoring costs and inefficiencies while also improving forest governance.


Working closely with local partner organisations, we’re training dozens of communities using our ForestLink system. This tool allows local people to send alerts and evidence of illegalities using a smartphone and bespoke app, even in areas with no mobile connectivity. We’re also supporting these same communities to advocate for their rights directly with logging companies. To see the latest updates from this project, visit our new dedicated site: http://forestlink.org/

Some of our achievements include:

  • ForestLink deployed and tested in DRC, Ghana, Cameroon and Peru
  • Nearly 60 community observers have already been trained and are using the technology
  • Hundreds of alerts successfully sent by trained community monitors, leading to police and regulatory interventions
  • Real-time alerts from communities in Cameroon now contributing to government legal action (including fines, suspensions and timber seizures) against illegal loggers
  • Real-time alerts in Peru have led to arrests and the seizure of mining equipment across the Madre de Dios region