The GRAS Project
The development of GRAS is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture through the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) within the project “Development of the GRAS prototype to support an environmentally friendly use of resources for a sustainable bioeconomy”.
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Support a sustainable bioeconomy
The objective of the project is the development of the GRAS prototype to support the environmentally sound use of resources for a sustainable bioeconomy. The prototype is intended to assist in the establishment and monitoring of sustainable and deforestation-free supply chains. Changes in land use are to be documented by the analysis of high-resolution remote sensing data and data from the latest generation of satellites.
New technologies and procedures are developed and tested to arrive at the most accurate statements possible even in difficult situations (e.g., small-scale plots) and in new applications (e.g., forestry, fire alerts). Small farmers are to be integrated as part of a so-called Landscape Approach.
Traceable and transparent supply chains
Ecological and social sustainability aspects should be comprehensively presented and combined in risk factors. The project is to be carried out over a period of three years with partners from Europe as well as from North and South America. Regionally, the prototype will cover important biomass-producing regions of the world: EU, USA, Canada, Central and South America (selected countries) and Southeast Asia. Other regions should be involved opportunistically.
Stakeholders are to be integrated into the development work over the entire project period. For this purpose, workshops and information events will be held. Bioeconomic needs should be derived from the stakeholder dialogue and be an essential basis for project developments. Another basis is an up-to-date assessment of new technologies and their possible uses in the project.
Thailand, Vietnam and Kenya now available in the GRAS Tool
12 Sept 2019 – Information on biodiversity, land use change, carbon stock and social indices are now available for a total of 46 countries. Access the GRAS Tool and explore its various functionalities and datasets.
GRAS Fire Alerts to monitor deforestation activities
6 Sept 2019 – This summer deforestation activities around the globe have reached a new level, especially in Brazil and again in Indonesia. Use the GRAS Fire Alerts to support the effective monitoring of deforestation activities in selected regions.
INFORM Risk Index now available in the GRAS Tool
12 July 2019 – The GRAS Tool now contains subnational social risk indices from the INFORM Index for Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia and Kenya.
Mapping and monitoring of smallholders to increase traceability
1 July 2019 – Our newly developed tools for smallholder mapping, monitoring and traceability actively support sustainable agricultural practices of smallholders on the ground.
Coffee sector increasingly uses GRAS for risk assessments
23 April 2019 – The coffee certification scheme 4C applies GRAS as a supportive tool for risk level identification and audit preparation purposes.