Our ongoing collaboration with the High Carbon Stock Approach

The High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach was initially developed by the palm oil company Golden-Agri Resources Ltd (GAR), Greenpeace and The Forest Trust (TFT – now Earthworm) in 2013 to help companies implement no-deforestation commitments in practice. The methodology informs land development by separating HCS forests from non-HCS forests. In practice, the HCV and HCS […]

Mapping HCV areas and concession boundaries on GFW Pro

The HCV Network in collaboration with the World Resource Institute (WRI) and the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are exploring the use of Global Forest Watch Pro for monitoring HCV areas in RSPO-certified plantations. Within the scope of this project, the Network is converting maps from historic HCV assessments submitted to the RSPO New […]

Developing risk-based procedures for HCV identification

An effective way to minimize the risk of damaging or destroying HCVs is to steer the expansion of agriculture into areas already used for agriculture, or to convert only degraded areas where the likelihood of HCV presence is lower. Where expansion takes place on already cultivated or degraded land, potentially present HCVs can be addressed […]

New guidance for scaling-up the High Conservation Value approach

You can download the Executive Summary and the Full Guide from our website. HCV Screening assesses the likelihood that HCVs are present in a landscape or jurisdiction, considers threats to those HCVs and indicates which values are most urgent to attend to with follow-up actions and interventions. HCV Screening can contribute to land use planning […]


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