GRAS Advisory Board
GRAS has been set up and will be continuously further developed through a multi-stakeholder process, involving representatives of private companies, the research sector, NGOs, development organizations, sustainability certification schemes and administrations. Together with our project partners, the GRAS Advisory Board forms a sound decision basis for the further strategic development of GRAS through external expert advice and scientific oversight in the key areas of competence of GRAS.
The GRAS Advisory Board was set by the end of 2017 and meets on a quarterly basis to discuss and decide upon strategic steps of GRAS and exchange on latest important developments within the areas of remote sensing, zero-deforestation supply chains, carbon stocks, social indices, renewable resources, agricultural markets and forestry. GRAS is proud to be able to count on the following Advisory Board Members:
Dr (rer.-nat.) Kurt P. Günther
Kurt studied physics at the University Munich. He finished his thesis about airborne laser fluorescence remote sensing of the ocean at the University of Oldenburg. For more than 25 years he joined the German Aerospace Center developing laser fluoro-sensors for vegetation monitoring, algorithms for operational data processing of satellite data (AVHRR, MODIS, MERIS, Landsat), radiative transfer models and global models for biosphere-atmosphere interaction. Now he works as independent remote sensing consultant.
Prof Gernot Klepper Ph.D.
Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Research Area “The Environment and Natural Resources"
Gernot Klepper is an economist and received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics. He is a senior researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy where he was for many years head of the Department "Environmental and Resource Economics". Besides his research activities on climate change, energy, and land use issues he was and still is involved in numerous advisory functions such chair of the National Committee for Global Change Research (NKGCF) of the German Research Foundation (DFG), deputy chairman of the German Climate Consortium (DKK), the association of the leading climate research institutes in Germany, and Chair of the board of International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) or Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research (UFZ).
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Dr Rafaël Schneider
Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.
Deputy Director Policy & External Relations
Coordination Food Security Standard (FSS)
Rafaël Schneider (Dr. rer. nat.) is geographer and works since 2007 for the Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V., a private organisation acting in the area of development cooperation and humanitarian aid. As deputy director of the Policy Division and coordinator of the Food Security Standard Project he addresses development policies related to global food security, rural development, agriculture, nutrition and the Human Right to Food. Before, he has been coordinator at the German Development Service (DED) in N’Djaména (Chad) and senior advisor in a DED-GTZ-Program on rural development in Natitingou (Benin).
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News and events
Honduras now available in the GRAS Tool
Honduras is now available in GRAS. The dataset includes layers on Land Use Change, Biodiversity, Carbon Stock and Social Data. GRAS will add more countries in Central America and other world regions soon.
March 13th 2018
We cordially invite you to join the free webinar on how to “Implement and Monitor Deforestation-Free Supply Chains” with GRAS, taking place on 13 March 2018, 10:00 am (CET) and 5:00 pm (CET). The webinar will give you an insight on new functionalities of GRAS, outline recent case studies and give the attendants the chance to ask their questions. Register for the webinar here.
March 2nd 2018
Addressing the sustainability of sugarcane
In the recent issue of Biofuels International, GRAS is presented as a secure and credible solution provider for companies to prove compliance with national and international sustainability regulations and corporate commitments. The article shows how GRAS can be used to identify deforestation and grassland conversion and determine the exact point in time the land use change took place. The full article can be found here.
February 27th 2018
Sub-national data on Acute Food Insecurity now online for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Food Security Classification data of FEWS NET (Famine Early Warning Systems Network) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo is now available in GRAS. The dataset includes near and medium term projections, and is updated on a monthly basis.
February 21st 2018
Colombia, South Africa and Peru now available in the GRAS Tool
GRAS added Colombia, South Africa and Peru to the Web Tool. The datasets include layers on Land Use Change, Biodiversity, Carbon Stock and Social Data. More countries will follow soon.
January 31st 2018
GHG values for canola cultivation in Australia and Canada now online
GHG emission values for canola cultivation in Australia and Canada, officially acknowledged by the European Commission, are now available in GRAS. The values have been published in the Commission Implementing Decisions (EU) 2017/2356 and (EU) 2017/2379, respectively.
January 29th 2018
GRAS Fire Alert online now
The new GRAS Fire Alert function is now available for Indonesia and countries in South America. Beside the visualization of latest and historical fires within the tool, the user can now register for an e-mail alert. The user will be informed based on daily updates, in case a fire was identified within an area individually defined by himself.
January 11th 2018
GRAS article in ITC News
GRAS wrote an article in ITC News (2017-2), the alumni magazine of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente. The article presents how GRAS provides solutions for a fact-based, objective and credible sustainability reporting and the support of efficient and reliable sustainability certification. The magazine contains results of an interdisciplinary workshop in Enschede, Netherlands.
January 10th 2018
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