Satforcert will provide satellite images that will enable frequent view of the forest canopy and changes over time. Satforcert will also connect with external maps such as protected areas and water streams provided by national EPA and Forestry Services.
These map features, together with Satforcert’s checklist and report templates for PEFC and FSC, will facilitate the users work to prepare and assess the auditing.
The collaborative approach will facilitate auditors and forest owners to share information and manage corrective actions. Forest managers will be able to have a clear understanding of the required actions to take and provide evidence using the Satforcert system. Satforcert also includes a mobile application where users can display maps, take pictures, and fill out forms.
The main customers that can benefit from this innovative product are certification bodies, auditors, forest certification group managers and the forest managers involved in providing certification information.
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 centralised systems replace the many systems and spreadsheets currently used. Satforcert will reduce the current paperwork, and switch 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 benefit from this product by being able to digitalise all templates and reports, improving efficiency for its auditors.
Finally forest owners and managers that are struggling to gather all the information required for certification will benefit from this product. Saforect will be more transparent in the certification process and facilitate the gathering of information required by the forest manager or auditor.
Ireland and United Kingdom
Saforcert will be an online platform providing a centralised database and various tools to manage different types of information. The platform will connect to provided Sentinel-2 data and other external maps provided (WMS/WFS).
The system also has a module to analyse satellite images and provide forest canopy change detection.
The main web application will integrate with a mobile application to collect field data. A website will be also created to share reports that are required by the forest certification standard.
The main Satforcert functionality will include:
The different users will be able to interact between them requesting specific information and uploading or creating this required information. A task manager system and notifications will facilitate this workflow.
Satforcert will be the only platform designed to support the forest certification process. This platform aims to address many of the current challenges in forest certification, including:
The improvement of these business processes will bring more transparency and efficiency to the entire certification process and will save time and costs for all stakeholders.
The system has been fully designed in collaboration with forest managers, auditors and certification bodies in the UK and Ireland. International certifications bodies also supported the design. The project is now entering the development phase, which will last until the end of 2021.