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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

  1. Prospective assessors apply for a licence.
  2. 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 Assessors and Fully Licensed Assessors. Once licensed, assessors can lead HCV assessments and can choose to take additional training to qualify to lead HCV-HCSA Assessments.
  3. Through report evaluations, Licensed Assessors are provided with feedback on how to improve their work over time.

USERS

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 oil palm plantings. The RSPO Principles and Criteria were updated in November 2018 and they now incorporate the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach. Oil palm growers are now required to commission integrated HCV-HCSA assessments led by Licensed Assessors. 

Stakeholders concerned about HCVs and HCS forests are encouraged to participate in RSPO New Planting Procedure Public Consultations

HOW ARE REPORTS EVALUATED?

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Quality Panel

HCV and HCV-HCSA assessment report evaluations are conducted by a Quality Panel (QP) composed of highly-qualified professionals with environmental, GIS/remote sensing and social experience. Our Quality Panel Members are shown below, and you can click on their profile photo for more information. The QP follows strict evaluation procedures to determine if Licensed Assessors are complying with normative documents and procedures. The QP can evaluate reports in Bahasa Indonesia, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. The Network welcomes applications from professionals interested in becoming QP members. Join the Quality Panel  

Abraham Baffoe

Abraham Baffoe

Arthur Wieczorek

Arthur Wieczorek

Daniel Arancibia

Daniel Arancibia

Dwi Muhtaman

Dwi Muhtaman

Edward Pollard

Edward Pollard

Felicia Lasmana

Felicia Lasmana

Isaac Abban-Mensah

Isaac Abban-Mensah

Hannah Scrase

Hannah Scrase

Jules Crawshaw

Jules Crawshaw

Langlang Tata Buana

Langlang Tata Buana

Marcelo Levy

Marcelo Levy

Maria Rodriguez

Maria Rodriguez

Marisol Zumbado

Marisol Zumbado

Nana Darko Cobbina

Nana Darko Cobbina

Nick Moss-Gillespie

Nick Moss-Gillespie

Reza Azmi

Reza Azmi

Sebastiaan De Smedt

Sebastiaan De Smedt

Sophie Dirou

Sophie Dirou

Ana Sofia Lorda

Ana Sofia Lorda

Mauro Ciriminna

Mauro Ciriminna

Sahat Aritonang

Sahat Aritonang

Laura Doughty

Laura Doughty

Bart Van Assen

Bart Van Assen

Mark Leighton

Mark Leighton

Claudine Nagiah

Claudine Nagiah

Helen Newing

Helen Newing

Lely Puspitasari

Lely Puspitasari

Agus Eka Putera

Agus Eka Putera

Olivia Rickenbach

Olivia Rickenbach

Mike Senior

Mike Senior

Titiek Setyawati

Titiek Setyawati

Aisyah Sileuw

Aisyah Sileuw

Richard Sobey

Richard Sobey

Lahiru Wijedasa

Lahiru Wijedasa

Jake Willis

Jake Willis

Betsy Yaap

Betsy Yaap

Benny Yeong

Benny Yeong

Key Issues

Under the ALS, reports can be marked as ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’. Some sections of the HCV or HCV-HCSA assessment report are considered Key Issues and must be satisfactory for the overall report to pass. If one or more Key Issue(s) is/are unsatisfactory, Licensed Assessors have two opportunities to re-submit their report. If the Key Issue(s) is/are still unsatisfactory after two re-submissions, the overall report will be marked as ‘Unsatisfactory’.

Optional Initial Check

The Initial Check (IC) is an optional, charged service provided by the ALS. The IC is independent of the formal report evaluation process and its aimed at checking if the HCV or HCV-HCSA assessment report complies with relevant reference documents, thus reducing the likelihood of an unsatisfactory report during formal evaluation. Read more here. Submit an Initial Check Here

DISPUTES & INVESTIGATIONS

The ALS has a Dispute Resolution Process. For more information please refer to the Disputes section on our Library The ALS has an Internal Investigation process. Internal investigations allow the Management Committee (MC) to address potential non-compliances by ALS participants. For information please refer to the Investigations section on our Library

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Licensed assessors are required to pay an annual licence renewal fee of USD $250 and a report evaluation fee whenever they submit or re-submit a report. Report evaluation fees are adaptive, based on Licensed Assessor performance. Assessors are advised to recover report evaluation fees from their clients. For more information about fees please read the ALS Specification

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