The approach of Trase is to harness, through an online platform, large datasets of untapped production, trade and customs data in order to uncover the supply-chain pathways of internationally traded forest-risk commodities. These connections span from the local places of production to consumer countries through exporters, traders and ports. Trase makes comprehensive datasets available on the online platform which include detailed information on, for example, shipping transactions, individual operators and customs declarations.
Data that can be accessed on the online platform does not rely on voluntary initiatives nor on regulatory approaches, as these can encounter problems with participation and enforcement. Instead, the platform makes available concrete, reliable data from a wide range of sources. The initiative encourages actors to add data to the platform to demonstrate legal and sustainable practices, which creates a reputational incentive. As transparency improves, supply-chain actors have a greater incentive to work together to address environmental and societal problems in producer regions.
The Facility’s contribution to the Trase initiative builds on a feasibility study for an International Forest Risk Model (INFORM). The study involved calculating probabilities and developing criteria to assess deforestation risks using a range of data, including earth observation, customs and trade data.
The EU REDD Facility initiative combines REDD+ jurisdictional approaches and supply-chain incentives to address the drivers of deforestation. This approach enables stakeholders at the jurisdictional level to beneﬁt from REDD+ initiatives and climate ﬁnance while gaining access to forest-friendly commodity markets.
Going forward, Trase will undertake case studies of supply chains for three major commodities: soy, timber and palm oil.
The EU REDD Facility and its partners will investigate ﬁve thematic issues that will feed into the TRASE platform. The ﬁve thematic areas are:
- Linking the Trase platform with jurisdictional monitoring systems
- Integrating data on actor performance beyond deforestation rates, including criteria such as legality and land-use governance
- Assessing the potential to provide data on smallholders and assessing progress towards deforestation-free standards
- Analysing the Trase approach to timber and how it can connect to other approaches, including FLEGT
- Researching the links between financial flows and supply chains
Work with Trase complements the ongoing work of the Facility on national information systems for legal, forest-friendly supply chains in over 15 tropical countries.
Truck transporting harvested oil palms, Sabah, Malaysia