BOX 1 The World Resources Institute
written, sometimes end up rather quickly on the bookshelf, where they lose much of their intended power.
In order to maintain its influence on the policy agenda, WRI is increasingly emphasizing something we call connectivity: additional contacts and cooperation with individuals and organizations outside government, including both industry and the community of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). When adding connectivity to analytical excellence, WRI is trying to make the most of the new information technology. An increasing number of people worldwide meet WRI through its website (www.wri.org). WRI is increasingly turning its website into a connectivity tool: not only a place to get information (although this is significant), but also a place for real dialogue.
Global Forest Watch (GFW) is a recent initiative of WRI that emphasizes connectivity and the use of new technology.
Created in 1998, GFW is an international data and mapping network that combines on-the-ground knowledge with digital technology to provide accurate information about the world’s forests and threats to them. The overall objective