Land use change accounts for a great part of the world’s carbon emissions
The second largest anthropogenic source of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere after fossil fuel combustion is land use and land use change.
It is practically impossible to constrain the impacts of climate change within the reasonably tolerable limits of society without reducing emissions from land use and land use change. To avoid land use change in areas with high carbon stock, GRAS provides a complete carbon map including carbon stored in all the biomass and soil.
GRAS provides comprehensive carbon maps based on carbon stored in biomass and soil
For selected regions, GRAS developed own carbon maps to increase the accuracy of carbon stock, using the IPCC 2006 methodology. Respective land cover maps are taken from officially recognized sources of local authorities. Soil and climate maps datasets are provided by FAO.
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.