The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Preferred by Nature have joined forces in the fight against deforestation and the enhancement of global monitoring and supply chain tracking. This partnership aims to establish a standardised geolocation data protocol, a crucial step towards achieving greater transparency in global supply chains.
In partnership with the FAO under the framework of the Forest Data Partnership, Preferred by Nature has been working on a key technical document. We value your expertise and input and would like to invite you to contribute.
What’s on the horizon?
We have invested considerable effort into crafting a draft Protocol for the exchange of geospatial data for deforestation-free supply chains, known as the Geospatial Data Sharing Protocol (GDSP).
Gaining access to information detailing the land where relevant commodities were produced (harvested or raised) presents a novel, at times demanding requirement for many businesses. Geospatial data must be transferred through value chains to facilitate deforestation assessments, including the use of earth observation monitoring tools. Therefore, information systems must be proficient in transmitting and receiving geospatial data concerning commodity production on land.
This Protocol addresses the need to standardise how information systems handle such tasks. It is a technical document intended to serve as a voluntary standard, providing a consistent method for sharing geospatial data.
This initiative will support companies in complying with emerging regulatory requirements, such as the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR), while enhancing product traceability.
For more information, please visit our project page, featuring the proposed draft protocol and a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.
We eagerly await your insightful comments and constructive ideas to refine and enhance this document, creating a robust initial version.
Share your feedback!
Do the requirements align with your business processes? Are they easily applicable? Do you prefer alternative options or approaches, such as more flexibility or less flexibility?). Your comments and feedback can be submitted via email to Chloé Viala at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This stakeholder consultation phase will remain open until Friday, 22 September 2023.
Please note that subsequent versions may be developed over time through incremental testing phases.
Join our online Q&A session to learn more
If you are passionate about this topic or have complex questions or suggestions to raise, we invite you to join us for a live 90-minute Q&A session on:
Date: 18 September 2023
Time: 3.30 PM – 5 PM (Central European Summer Time).
Please register here to confirm your spot.
The process to follow
Here are some specific ways that you can contribute to the development of the Protocol:
- Review the draft protocol and provide feedback on the requirements, format, and metadata.
- Join the online Q&A session to ask questions and learn more about the protocol.
- Spread the word about the GDSP and encourage others to get involved.
We express our gratitude to our supporters, partners, and stakeholders for their invaluable contributions and unwavering support.