GRAS Portfolio for Sustainable Supply Chains
GRAS is an innovative and powerful web platform that offers information about ecological and social sustainability. GRAS facilitates the implementation of deforestation free supply chains by delivering geospatial data about biodiversity (e.g. protected areas, level of protection), carbon stock, land use changes as well as social indices. The history of agricultural production areas can be analyzed, identifying precisely the point in time of any land use change (e.g. conversion of forests or grassland into agricultural cropland) after 2000. This is done based on processed satellite images. Heat maps are displayed showing the extent of deforestation on a regional base. Several social indices are provided on national level (e.g. slavery, global hunger, world governance index). In addition, areas in which indigenous people are living are shown.
GRAS can be used as stand alone tool or in combination with certification schemes like RSPO and ISCC. It is a perfect tool to support companies in identifying risks and hot spots and in verifying their supply chains as deforestation free.
GRAS offers comprehensive services for:
- Companies sourcing agricultural commodities with an interest in sustainability
- Companies, which have made sustainability commitments (e.g. deforestation free supply chains) and want to monitor commitments and results
- Sustainability and sourcing units assessing regions and managing supply chains
- Companies communicating evidence about achievements to stakeholders
- Sustainability certification schemes
- Certification bodies and auditors
- Authorities and regulators
- NGOs, media and society.
For these user groups, GRAS offers a broad range of services to support decision making. The services include geo-referenced sustainability information regarding:
- land use change, deforestation and afforestation (2000 - today) for specific land spots and entire sourcing regions
- Protected and biodiverse areas
- High carbon stock areas, peatlands and GHG emissions of agricultural crops in certain regions
- Important social Indices.
Based on the information provided, a reliable risk assessment of a specific production site or region is conducted, based on a "pixel by pixel" approach.
At the time being, GRAS offers services for Malaysia, Indonesia, EU-28, Canada, USA, Brazil and Argentina. Further regions will be added continuously. On specific request, analysis can be conducted also for countries currently not covered.
GRAS provides information about protected and biodiverse areas, high carbon stock areas, peatlands, GHG emissions and important social indices free of charge.
Sustainability Assessment Reports and Customized Sustainability Solutions are not free of charge.
Analysis can be performed based on:
- Specific geo-referenced polygons (e.g. KML, .shp), which the user should provide
- Specific areas, for which the user will declare coordinates of the center and radius
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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