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) 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 approaches overlap substantially, […]

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 […]

Developing guidelines for applying the HCV Approach at jurisdictional and landscape scales

Jurisdictional and landscape approaches to sustainable production and/or certification are gaining momentum as an alternative to existing approaches which focus on small-scale management units. These approaches are typically public-private collaborations that aim to align governments, businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders around shared goals of sustainable production and protection of nature and local people. With the […]


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