Since 2013, the HCV Network and the HCS Approach Steering Group have collaborated to develop guidance on how to identify HCVs alongside HCS forests

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, this is why the HCV Network and the HCS Approach Steering Group and Secretariat have engaged in a fruitful collaboration since 2013. Since 2014, the HCV Network participates in the HCSA Protection and Quality Assurance working groups and from 2016 both organizations have collaborated in developing the HCV-HCSA Assesment Manual and quality assurance procedures under the HCV Network’s Assessor Licensing Scheme for evaluating the quality of integrated HCV-HCSA assessments.

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