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GRAS in Marrakech

12 November 2016

GRAS has participated in the COP22 UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech.

In a side event organized by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the FAO, GRAS contributed with a presentation elaborating on how the tool could be used to further develop agriculture according to the Paris Climate Agreement. The agriculture sectors are among the foremost priorities for post-Paris climate action in developing countries, as shown by FAO’s recent FAO INDC analysis. The challenge is to increase the efficiency of agricultural production while ensuring the preservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

In this side event, the German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, stressed that “climate protection and food security can be achieved only through sustainable agriculture and forestry. According to the Agenda 2030 and The Paris Agreement agriculture and forestry are part of the solution. They contribute to climate protection through storing CO2 in soil, forests and wood products as well as through the implementation of renewable raw materials.” Schmidt also said that he wants to further strengthen Germany as a pioneer in sustainable agriculture. Innovation, research and a modern, forward-focused agriculture are the answers to climate change.

The side event has also shown how an innovative remote sensing-tool can contribute to better understand land use and land use change. The GRAS presentation has highlighted how remote sensing data made available in an easy to use tool can contribute to a practical implementation of the Paris Climate goals.

In Marrakech the German Federal Minister Schmidt has also handed over to GRAS – Global Risk Assessment Services GmbH – the funding notification for the further development of GRAS. Minister Schmidt has said:

“The new GRAS system supports us in strengthening the protection of valuable habitats and biodiversity. GRAS II should provide more accurate data on agriculture and forestry areas worldwide as well as ease the development of more sustainable and deforestation-free supply chains. Thereby, a contribution to the reduction of harmful emissions from deforestation can be achieved.”

GRAS will receive the funding from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture through its Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR e.V.).


Press release of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Press release of the Agency for Renewable Resources e.V.