Satforcert provides satellite images that enable frequent view of the forest canopy and the changes over time. This map feature together with certification forms, checklists and report templates facilitates the work of forest managers and auditors to prepare and assess the forest management.
The collaborative approach facilitates auditors and forest owners to share information and manage the corrective actions. The task and document manager facilitate the creation and monitoring of corrective actions and allow forest owners to provide evidence such as documents and photos.
Satforcert has been integrated with QField mobile application where users can display maps, take pictures and fill out forms.
The main customers that can benefit from this innovative product include certification bodies, auditors, forest certification group managers and the forest managers involved in managing certification information. National and international standards can also use this solution to make their templates available to certification bodies.
Auditors and forest certification managers are the key users that will benefit from this product, making its work easier and more efficient, improving the communication and transparency of the whole process.
The integration of maps, satellite images, documents, checklists, corrective actions, processes and reporting in a system can replace multiple systems and spreadsheets used currently and make the process more efficient. Satforcert reduces the current paperwork, and switches from cumbersome emailing to a centralised system where both users can upload documents and generate reports. Digital checklists and the corrective actions manager will also simplify the process and provide better understanding to both parties.
Certification bodies will also benefit from this product, being able to digitalise all the templates and reports and make the work of its auditors more efficient.
Finally forest owners and managers can also benefit from this product in the day to day forest management and operations monitoring.
Ireland and United Kingdom
Satforcert has been implemented in the ForestHQ online platform, providing a centralised database and many tools to manage different types of information. Satforcert has connected ForestHQ to a Sentinel-2 provider and potentially to other providers via web services (WMS/WFS). The system has a module to analyse satellite images and provide forest canopy change detection. The system also integrates with QField mobile application to collect field data.
The main Satforcert functionality will include:
Saforect makes more transparent the certification process and reduces the time and costs of forest certification. The system is also designed to make it easier for forest owners to be certified. This system addresses many of the current challenges regarding the forest certification, including:
The initial Satforcert activity concluded in June 2022. The validation phase with the end-user has been very encouraging. Both forest managers and certification bodies see many benefits of this new system.
The final product will be made available to the wide public in the coming weeks, any interested organisation will be able to sign up for a 15-day free trial of the system and we will also provide online demos of the system and video tutorials. For more information and updates visit www.treemetrics.com
Furthermore, we are having a second phase of this activity (CCN) to develop a new product focused on forest carbon projects and estimation. This new activity is starting in June 2022. We will update this section shortly with new information about the progress of the new activity and the expected final product.