Intact Forest Landscapes Data Download

The IFL map is a spatial database (scale 1:1,000,000) that shows the extent of the intact forest landscapes (IFL) for years 2000, 2013, 2016, and 2020. From this page, you can download the global IFL map in ESRI Shape (.shp) format suitable for GIS software such as QGIS or ArcGIS.

The IFL data is shared under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). Users may copy and redistribute the dataset and build upon the dataset for any purpose, even commercial as long as appropriate credit to the data source is provided and changes to the dataset (if any) are explained.

We suggest referencing the IFL maps as follows:

Potapov, P., Hansen, M. C., Laestadius L., Turubanova S., Yaroshenko A., Thies C., Smith W., Zhuravleva I., Komarova A., Minnemeyer S., Esipova E. The last frontiers of wilderness: Tracking loss of intact forest landscapes from 2000 to 2013. Science Advances, 2017; 3:e1600821


Dataset Access in Google Earth Engine

The ESRI SHAPE format is a data-type used in many Geographic Information Systems software (ArcGIS, QGIS, etc).

IFL for the year 2000                           (186 MB)

IFL for the year 2013                           (177 MB)

IFL for the year 2016                           (210 MB)

IFL for the year 2020                           (216 MB)

Forest zone extent                                 (34 MB)

Data description                                        (PDF)

IFL map for the year 2000
pixel value: 1 - IFL extent

IFL map for the year 2020
pixel value: 1 - IFL extent

IFL degradation 2000-2020
pixel values:
1 - degraded 2000-2013
2 - degraded 2013-2016
3 - degraded 2016-2020

Open the IFL 2020 map in Google Earth Engine Apps

The IFL Mapping Team is continuing to improve the IFL base map and to provide periodically updates as new data, technologies, and more sophisticated sources of information appears. Please, check our News & Updates section regularly for the information about latest updates of the dataset.

If you have any problems with data access, please contact project coordinators.

News & Updates

IFL 2020 dataset is available for download

Mapping Team

   The IFL Mapping Team © 2006-2021 All Rights Reserved