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Welcome To Norway’s International Climate And Forests Initiative Imagery  Program!

Access high-resolution satellite monitoring of the tropics to reduce and reverse tropical forest  loss

Through Norway’s International Climate & Forests Initiative, anyone can now access Planet’s high-resolution, analysis-ready mosaics of the world’s tropics in order to help reduce and reverse the loss of tropical forests, combat climate change, conserve biodiversity, and facilitate sustainable development.1

Sign up to create your Planet Explorer account, complete with platform, API, and integration access to the tropical satellite monitoring products.

In support of NICFI’s mission, you can use this data for a number of projects including, but not limited to:

  • Advance scientific research about the world’s tropical forests and the critical services they provide.
  • Implement and improve policies for sustainable forest management and land use in developing tropical forest countries and jurisdictions.
  • Increase transparency and accountability in the tropics.
  • Protect and improve the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in tropical forest countries.
  • Innovate solutions towards reducing pressure on forests from global commodities and financial markets.
1Full usage terms available in licensing terms at time of registration. Use cases must adhere with the NICFI Purpose and cannot be in primary pursuit of profit.


Norway’s International Climate and Forests Initiative (NICFI) is an international development fund through which Norway has pledged 3 Billion NOK a year to help save the world’s tropical forests while improving the livelihoods of those who live off, in, and near the forests. Planet is proud to partner with NICFI in making high resolution satellite imagery of the tropics available free of charge to users advancing the NICFI Purpose of reducing and reversing tropical forest loss, combating climate change, conserving biodiversity, and facilitating sustainable development.

Kongsberg Satellite Services is a world leading supplier of satellite ground station services as well as a value added service provider of sensor agnostic Multi-Mission satellite data and services from the majority of commercial Optical and SAR satellites.

Airbus Defence and Space has accumulated over 30 years of in-orbit operation, launching its first Earth observation satellite in 1986. Planet is proud to partner with Airbus in providing NICFI’s strategic partners with high-resolution archive imagery over the tropics.

Ready to get  started?


*Current Planet data users will need to sign up with a different email not associated with their Planet account

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As a Level 1 User, you get access to:

  • View and use the tropical mosaics in the Planet Explorer and Basemap Viewer platform.
  • Download the tropical mosaics for use in support of the NICFI Purpose via Planet Basemap Viewer, Planet QGIS Plugin, Planet ArcGIS Pro Add-In and/or API.
  • Integrate mosaics of tropical regions through plugin services, including leading applications like ArcGIS and QGIS, for advanced analyses.


*For the best experience, please navigate this page using the Google Chrome, FireFox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge internet browser.

General Questions

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