Over the past year, the HCS Approach Steering Group has been working together with the HCV Resource Network (HCVRN) to develop integrated procedures that will support the identification of HCS forests alongside HCVs.
HCVRN and the HCS Approach Steering Group are now pleased to announce that the new HCV-HCSA Assessment Manual has been published, and is available for download on the HCVRN website at: https://hcvnetwork.org/library/hcv-hcsa-assessment-manual/.
A Guidance for using the HCV-HCSA assessment report template is also available here. This document provides detailed guidance for preparing an HCV-HCSA assessment report according to Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) requirements.
The HCV-HCSA Assessment Manual is primarily targeted at guiding assessment teams through the HCV-HCSA assessment process. However, the manual is also useful for HCS Approach Steering Group member companies commissioning HCV-HCSA assessments.
The HCVRN has also prepared a leaflet to support HCS Approach Steering Group member companies and licensed assessors through the transition from the HCS Approach Quality Assurance system (peer review) to the HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) Quality Assurance system. This leaflet can be downloaded here.