Tracking AFi, EUDR, and OTBN Compliance with GFW Pro

The Global Forest Watch (GFW) Pro application tracks and alerts users of deforestation within and nearby agricultural plots in real time, offering an accessible and comprehensive way for organizations to view their own progress in a key area of natural resource conservation. Blue Raster is proud to announce two updates to GFW Pro that allow for more efficient analysis of supply chains in light of new international regulations: the ability to set 2020 deforestation baselines and new analyses specific to Argentina.

A GFW Pro window displaying the characteristics of a particular historic site.


Accountability Framework and the EUDR 

The Accountability Framework, introduced in 2019 by an international collaboration of private producers and NGOs that form the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi), provides companies a roadmap to more sustainable production methods by outlining best practices and measures of impact. By applying the Accountability Framework, producers can better ensure that their supply chains adhere to international standards of sustainability and report to stakeholders and consumers the steps they are taking to secure a better future for people and the planet. A particular standard of sustainability for producers will soon be implemented in the EU–the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR), which obligates organizations that trade within the EU to ensure that their products are: 

  • deforestation-free, meaning they come from a plot of land that was not deforested after 31 December 2020; 
  • produced in line with the relevant legislation in the country of production; 
  • and covered by a due diligence statement.

GFW Pro now allows organizations to explore their production within the framework of EUDR by setting a 2020 baseline for deforestation analyses, confirming that products regulated by the EU are free from deforestation and degradation.

A table on GFW Pro showing forest loss since 2020 for a particular dataset.

Argentina OTBN Data

Additionally, GFW Pro analyses involving Argentinian land now include province-by-province data on Argentina’s Territorial Planning of Native Forests (OTBN). The 2007 regulation categorizes Argentina’s forests into three levels of conservation value and corresponding regulation, ranging from Category I (forest lands of high conservation value that cannot be transformed) to Category III (forest lands of low conservation value that can be transformed within existing regulation). The new data lets organizations monitor the overlap of the OTBN category of lands utilized in production and deforestation of those lands, enabling producers to more efficiently track whether or not tree cover loss remains within limits set by the OTBN regulation.

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