The EU funded GEO FAIR TRADE Project is ambitious.
With an overall budget of 1,5 millions € it will last three years. It has started on April 1st 2009 and will terminate on March 31st 2012. Four Research & development organisations (4 RTDs) involved in sustainable development and seven organisations from the civil society (6 CSOs) involved in Fair Trade Activities are cooperating in order to achieve the same goal.
It is managed by an Executive Committee, which gather once every 6 months. It consists of one representative of each project partners.It is meant to facilitate the exchanges of results and tasks among the different partners. Every month a conference call gather the major partners to evaluate the advancement of the project, set specific deadlines and prepare the meetingof the Executive Committee.
The workload (WP01 to WP05)
The overall responsibility (management of the programme) lies by the CCI du Gers. The work of the project is divided in 5 work packages (WP).
Some of the partners have accepted to take the responsibility of coordinating a package. The table below indicates the different Work Packages (WP) with a résumé of their content as well as the Partner in charge.
To get more detailed information on the packages, please click on one of the Work Package title.
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0Management & coordinationCCI Gers
The main Objectives are:
- To provide the administrative and financial management of the whole project.
- To provide strong management and monitoring of all the work undertaken during the project.
- To ensure that all the work undertaken by the project partners is of a high and consistent standard and quality, taking into account the main requirements of the stakeholders.
- To provide liaison with the EC on behalf of the project consortium.
1Data acquisition SIRS
The main Objectives are:Relevant data sets will be needed to support the development of the Geo-SDI system and the implementation of the proof of concept for the selected case studies. The aims of this WP are :
- To identify and acquire existing spatial data sets
- To identify gaps in data procurement and propose sustainable solutions for filling them
- To secure the collection of field and other geographical data sources in the future
All the data collected will be catalogued with a view to foster interoperability. Once the minimum data set characteristics will have been defined, an appropriate metadata standard will be selected taking into account the general framework provided by the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure and INSPIRE initiatives. This will lead to the definition and implementation of a geographical metadata base for the project which will be used after.
2Fair Trade Geo-Sustainable Development Indicators CRA-W
The main Objectives are:
- To select a structured set of sustainable indicators with geographical components that can be applied at a wide range of temporal and spatial scales to measure fair trade impact on equitable development, food security and safety, natural resource conservation and rural income.
- To analyse quality attributes (sensorial and safety) and associated indicators that may have an impact on economic issues.
- To define the minimum data/information requirements and standardized calculation capabilities for completing the set of Geo-SDIs.
- To identify and describe interrelationships between social, economic, environmental and product indicators in order to elaborate a cross-cutting SDI for assessing global sustainability in the framework of fair trade.
3Integrated Information System for GEO-Fair Trade CRA-W
The main Objectives are:
- To adapt the Geo-Traceability Integrated Information System concept, developed during the GeoTraceAgri (IST 2001) and GTIS-CAP (Food Safety 2004) project to the Fair Trade sector.
- To implement an operational user-friendly platform for end users, to manage and to exploit the Geo Sustainable Development Indicators for Fair Trade issues.
- To harmonise relevant geographical and remote sensing data in order to create a suitable data set for the calculation of the selected Geo-SDIs in each case study.
4Proof of concept CIRAD
The main objective of WP4 is to evaluate and to test
Secondary objectives :
- Select 5 experimental partner sites for the case studies
- Collect the local data in situ for the WP1
- Make recommendations to improve the system
5Dissemination ECOCERT , Max Havelaar France
The main objectives are:
- To disseminate at a large scale the project results
- To prepare a presentation toolkit and dissemination material that will be mainly intended to CSOs, public institutions likely to integrate Fair Trade commodities in their purchasing policy.
It implies linking traditional traceability data with geographical information related to the production areas. Geo-indicators related to food safety, product quality, quality of the environment and also social issues will include Geo-Sustainable Development indicators to be developed as part of the project. Specific identifiers will enable products to be identified and located at any time in the supply chain.Spatial data infrastructures are frameworks, which consist of metadata, of specific identifiers and of tools that are interactively connected through the internet in order to provide a basis for spatial information discovery and evaluation. Such an infrastructure
- Is related to various field of activity (management, products certification…)
- Is designed for multiple actors (producers, industry, consumers…)
- Is able to manage various types of data (geographic and non geographic)
- Is made up of various data sources (traceability, remote sensing imagery…)
- Is made up of cross-cutting functionalities (indicator calculation) and will enable a fast, easy access to data and services through the internet.
Geotraceability relies on different remote sensing imagery sources:
- Regional or international sources with thematic data and which are directly exploitable (ESA GlobCover, FAO Africover, Shuttle Radar Topographic mission), which provide climatic data (CGIAR/FAO/EuMetSat) or which ca be extracted from satellite image archives for backdrops to other data (Google Earth) or for processing relevant information (GLCF, Landsat, Aster, SPOT, …).
- National data sources or specific to a project (Land cover/use; Infrastructure; Socio-economic data
- Data collected by fair trade actors (Production data, Socio-economic data, Field data)
- Use of GPS and/or other positioning systems
Geo Fair Trade will propose self evaluation tool based on sustainable development indicators to Fair Trade producer organizations. Geo Fair Trade will develop an information system that gives an objective and clear image of the producers on their commitment to improve their social, economic and environmental situation.