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Unleashing the Power of Deforestation-Monitoring Tools for EUDR Compliance


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With the enforcement of the European Union Deforestation-Free Products Regulation (EUDR) by the European Council on May 19th, businesses are required to demonstrate that their products are free from deforestation and comply with applicable laws. This sense of urgency has driven businesses to seek guidance on digitalization and finding suitable technology providers or service solutions that align with their specific requirements.


A recent article published by Digital Coffee Future Magazine has compiled a comprehensive list of tools to assist businesses with different needs and situations. This compilation includes Koltiva's traceability platform, KoltiTrace MIS (Management Information System), along with six other tools for monitoring deforestation that can help companies navigate and comply with the regulation. KoltiTrace MIS serves as a comprehensive platform combining bottom-up and top-down datasets, providing important information about various agricultural operations. 


At Koltiva, we contribute to reforestation, forest preservation, and climate action. Our traceability system, KoltiTrace, provides comprehensive mapping, including farms, processors, and buying stations, enabling monitoring of zero-deforestation commitments. With the upcoming EU Deforestation Regulation, KoltiTrace helps agribusinesses ensure compliance by overlaying deforestation and risk data on their supply chain polygons. We provide an efficient and effective solution to monitor and combat deforestation. We assist over 6,500 enterprises in achieving traceable and resilient supply chains, working towards the shared global goal of environmental protection, including forests and rainforests.


Data Collection and Verification for Deforestation Monitoring

Our field agents visit producers’ plantation locations and collect data through plot surveys. The Plot Survey data includes basic farm information such as farm area, polygon, GPS coordinates, land legality, etc. These surveys aim to fulfill the requirements for sustainability standards and regulations, such as the EUDR.


Farm assessment and polygons are collected using the FarmXtension mobile app; our field agents walk around the boundaries of the plot to map the farm.


To overcome network difficulties in plantation areas, our application utilizes satellite signals, allowing it to function offline by using pre-downloaded satellite map data. Collected data will synchronize automatically once an internet connection is available.


To obtain information on farm deforestation, the KoltiTrace MIS web app overlays farm polygons with geospatial data such as forest area and tree cover loss to identify land use change.


Geospatial Data Acquisition:


Geospatial Data Acquisition - Koltiva.com

To obtain information on farm deforestation, we currently utilize derivative data such as forest and non-forest areas from Lansat-8 satellite imagery and tree cover loss data from Global Forest Watch, with a data accuracy of 30 meters per pixel.


To improve the accuracy of our data, we also developed Sentinel-2 data processing techniques to generate forest area and tree cover loss data using AI methods such as deep learning and machine learning.


In further advancement, we also apply these AI methods to data with medium and high resolutions, such as Planet data. Our AI models are trained on globally pre-trained datasets, enabling the resulting models to be representative and applicable to various regions.


Data Alignment:

Data Alignment Dashboard - Koltiva.com

The data we acquire from satellite sources and third parties like Global Forest Watch are processed using spatial data processing applications to extract the information to be used on our KoltiTrace MIS dashboard for further analysis.


Annual Deforestation Alert:

The intersection between forest area and tree cover loss indicates areas, where land use changes or deforestation have occurred. While the tree cover loss data obtained is annual, spanning from 2001 – 2022, providing temporal yearly information on the forest regions affected by deforestation.


Data Analysis:

Data Analysis Dashboard on KoltiTrace - Koltiva.com

By cross-referencing the geospatial data, including forest and non-forest areas from satellite imagery and tree cover loss data, we overlay with the farm polygon data from FarmXtension for analysis. From these three datasets, we can identify the intersection area between forest area, tree cover loss, and farm polygons (e.g. coffee or cocoa farm), allowing us to verify commodity-specific deforestation.



 

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10 Comments


Guest
Jul 31, 2023

Insightful read on using monitoring tools for EUDR compliance. Deforestation needs urgent action, and technology can be a crucial things! Congrats Koltiva

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koltiva
Jul 31, 2023
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We're grateful for your encouraging words! 🙏 Your support drives us to do even better! 🌳

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Guest
Jul 31, 2023

Great article! Koltiva's KoltiTrace MIS seems like a handy tool for businesses to tackle deforestation and comply with the EU Regulation.

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koltiva
Jul 31, 2023
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Your appreciation means a lot to us! 🙏 We're glad to know that you find KoltiTrace MIS to be an effective solution for addressing deforestation and EU Regulation compliance. Thank you for your support!

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Guest
Jul 31, 2023

Kudos to Koltiva for contributing to reforestation and offering an efficient solution to combat deforestation.

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koltiva
Jul 31, 2023
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Your words inspire us to keep pushing forward! 🌳🚀 We're deeply committed to reforestation and fighting deforestation with passion and dedication. Thank you for your support!

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Guest
Jul 31, 2023

Koltiva seems to be making a real impact in the fight against deforestation! I'm impressed with their KoltiTrace system, which provides comprehensive mapping and monitoring of agricultural operations, all the way from farms to buying stations. It's essential to ensure compliance with the upcoming EU Deforestation Regulation, and these tools can really help businesses stay on track.

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koltiva
Jul 31, 2023
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Thank you for your kind words! We're proud of the positive impact our efforts are making in the fight against deforestation. Your support fuels our commitment to a more sustainable future! 🌱🌍

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Guest
Jul 31, 2023

great information! really help to find about Deforestation monitoring!

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koltiva
Jul 31, 2023
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We're thrilled that you found our information helpful for understanding deforestation monitoring! 🌳🌱 Thank you for your kind feedback!

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