Intact forest landscapes

Mapping the last remaining large untouched forests


Map of Intact Forests in Arkhangelk region, Russia

The very first methodology of IFL delineation was developed and published for Northern European part of Russia

The Atlas of Russian IFLs published followed by expanding and adapting the methodology for the whole global boreal region


The international mapping project led by Greenpeace with contributions from Transparent World, WRI and other NGOs and institutions proposed identifying and mapping the location and health of the world’s last remaining large intact forests

The first global IFL map for the year 2000 released

The “Roadmap to Recovery: The World's Last Intact Forest Landscapes” report released


The first IFL paper “Mapping the World’s Intact Forest Landscapes by Remote Sensing” in an international peer review journal released. This paper introduces a new approach for mapping large intact forest landscapes. The global area of IFL within the forest ecosystems in 2000 is 13.1 million km2 or 23.5% of the forest zone. The vast majority of IFL are found in two biomes: Dense Tropical and Subtropical Forests (45.3%) and Boreal Forests (43.8%)


The report “Intact Forest Landscapes: Why it is crucial to protect them from industrial exploitation” released

The report “Intact Forest Landscapes: Why it is crucial to protect them from industrial exploitation. Case Study: The Congo” released


The paper “Satellite-based primary forest degradation assessment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2000–2010” released. From 2000 to 2010, 1.02% of primary forest cover was lost due to clearing, and almost 2% were degraded due to alteration and fragmentation


The map of IFL degradation for the year 2013 released in collaboration with the University of Maryland and WWF Russia. 8% of these wilderness areas had been degraded since 2000


The paper “The last frontiers of wilderness: Tracking loss of intact forest landscapes from 2000 to 2013” released. The global IFL extent has been reduced by 7.2% since the year 2000

The updated IFL map for 2016 released


The updated IFL map for the year 2020 released. The extent of the world's intact forest landscapes decreased by 12% (155 million hectares) between 2000 and 2020


The carbon estimation in IFL for the year 2020 produced. The results show 40 Gt of carbon dioxide are stored within IFL extent