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Identifying sustainability risk areas

The expansion of agricultural land is often done at the expense of natural habitats and high carbon stock areas. That is why there is a strong need to assess and monitor land use and land use change with respect to sustainability requirements. Many stakeholders are highly interested in land related sustainability issues like

  • Protection of biodiversity
  • Protection of areas with high carbon stocks
  • Monitoring and assessing land use change
  • Guaranteeing high social and labor standards

However, there is a lack of consistent, reliable and easy-to-use information for auditors, procurement managers, risk managers, investors, plantation companies, authorities etc. As of today, auditors and other interested parties have to conduct risk assessments on their own, gathering data from numerous sources. This leads to complicated, inconsistent, subjective and expensive risk assessments and farm auditing approaches. Especially land use change is hard to identify and a detailed remote sensing analysis can be both time and budget consuming. GRAS was developed to fill this gap.

Objectives of GRAS

GRAS enables the identification of land use change and it provides reliable information on biodiversity, carbon stock and social indices. GRAS serves as a “one stop solution” for identifying sustainability risk areas and fulfils the needs for a consistent, objective and efficient tool.

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