WHAT IS THE ALS?
The HCV Network’s Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) issues licences to qualified professionals worldwide and monitors their performance by evaluating their HCV or HCV-HCSA assessment reports. Before the ALS launched in 2014, the Network did not have a quality assurance system to guarantee the adequate identification of HCVs and High Carbon Stock forests. The scheme provides continuous development opportunities, normative guidance to guide Licensed Assessors in the field, and training opportunities for current and future assessors.
HOW IT WORKS
- Prospective assessors apply for a licence.
- Once licensed, assessors are required to submit all their HCV or HCV-HCSA assessment reports for evaluation. There are two categories of Licensed Assessors: Provisionally Licensed and Fully Licensed. As soon as they are licensed, assessors can lead HCV assessments and may choose to take additional training to qualify to lead HCV-HCSA assessments.
- Through report evaluations and continuous development opportunities, Licensed Assessors can improve their work over time.
For a detailed description of how the ALS operates, please read the ALS Specification.
From 1 January 2015, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) requires oil palm growers to hire Licensed Assessors to conduct HCV assessments before establishing any new plantations. The RSPO Principles and Criteria were updated in November 2018 and they now incorporate the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach. Growers are now required to commission integrated HCV-HCSA assessments led by Licensed Assessors. Stakeholders are encouraged to participate in RSPO New Planting Procedure Public Consultations.
From November 2017, members of the High Carbon Stock Approach, including plantation companies of several commodities, are required to commission integrated HCV-HCSA assessments led by Licensed Assessors.