Sustainability information provided at a glance
The GRAS maps tool provides the user with any sustainability information that is available. Whether information about biodiversity, carbon stock, land use change or social issues is needed the desired information is given under each respective menu. By ticking on different information layers affected areas get visible in the maps. Information buttons provide the user with additional information about the data source, numerical values and further detailed information.
For the biodiversity layers an evaluation is given whether the limitations of protected areas identify areas that may not be used as source of sustainable raw material, the so called "No Go Areas". Additionally areas can be displayed that have limitations to agricultural or forestry management ("Risk Areas").
The carbon stock layer provides information whether an area has high carbon accumulations or less. High carbon stocks will be displayed as dark red areas in the maps.
Land use change map marks all areas in red that have been identified as possible shifted in its land use after the RED cut-off date of January 1, 2008. The data analysis menu enables the user to check the EVI time series data developed by GRAS in more detail.
Social issues display the result of the GRAS social factor that is generated from numerous social index sources. The GRAS social factor is designed to assess all relevant social information that is relevant for employers in the agriculture and forestry sector.
The "Add a client" menu gives the user the possibility to explore and analyse his/her own area of interest. An example case is provided with the check-boxes. "Add area" enables the user to draw his own area of interest in the map.
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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