Forest products such as
paper, wood and composite materials are used in everything from construction to
news distribution and energy generation, yet they may represent considerable
environmental and social impacts. Today, knowing the origin and life cycle of
product parts is important for both retailers and consumers. Independent certification of raw materials provides
manufacturers with confidence about their environmental and social integrity.
The international standards developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
provide a leading example of a forest product certification system, designed to make sure forestry certification processes remain
efficient, effective and transparent.
A consortium led by GeoVille (Austria)
including Metria (Sweden), ARGANS (United Kingdom), Irbaris (United Kingdom)
and Eyre Consulting (United Kingdom) will expand the Market for EO based
information services for the ecosystem services assessment sector. The
consortium combines world-class expertise in land, coastal and marine
applications with in-depth knowledge about the ecosystem service assessment
market and experience in the introduction of EO services into new sectors.
G-ECO-MON project was launched 17 December 2012 and over the next 18
months expand the uptake of EO based information products and services for
ecosystem service assessment.
This includes an increased engagement of user organisations and stakeholders in
the use of EO based information and an expansion of the integration of EO based
information in standardised models and evaluation protocols for ecosystem
service assessment. The users and stakeholders of the project will receive
appropriate, best-practice services under operational conditions and the provided
services will be assessed within demonstration projects in terms of their impact, benefits and utility.