Javier Godar is a Senior Research Fellow at SEI, based in the Stockholm office. He holds a Forestry BSc/MSc from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (2003). In 2009 he gained a PhD in Natural Resources Management from the University of Leon (Spain). Javier´s research interests deal with developing a better understanding of social-ecological systems in tropical forested areas, to better inform rural development policies. He has particularly focused on comparing the socio-environmental influence of different Amazonian actors, and the implications for agrarian reform, regional governance and payment for ecosystem services policies. He uses a quantitative landscape perspective integrating GIS, remote sensing, landscape ecology, spatial modeling and social sciences.More recently his interests have expanded to include the modelling of complex global supply chains, leading to the development of the SEI-PCS model and helping to develop the Trase platform (Transparency for Sustainable Economies). This includes not only designing quantitative modelling methods for dealing with complex databases on production and trade of global commodities, but also the development of analytical approaches for translating spatially explicit data on social and environmental impacts into estimates of risk for different downstream actors (traders, investors, consumers).
Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity
Several GLP Members and SSC Member Patrick Meyfroidt are the guest editors of a focus collection in Environmental Research Letters. The ERL issue explores new ways to put tools and data to work towards improving our understanding of direct and indirect land-use change caused by governance interventions.
Stitching together production, trade and customs data, GLP Member Javier Godar and his colleagues at the Stockholm Environment Institute and Global Canopy Program have produced detailed maps of the flow of beef and soy from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. With an aim to help companies, financial institutions and governments understand the social and environmental impacts of the global trade in agricultural commodities, Trase is connecting each link in the supply chain, from source to port.
Trase (Transparency for Sustainable Economies) platform by GLP Members Javier Godar and Patrick Meyfroidt is now available online. Map the movement of agricultural commodities from the places of production all the way to the country of consumption, identifying the key supply chain actors along the way.