HCSA Communications Manager to lead the development and execution of a communications strategy to successfully increase the awareness and uptake of the HCSA Toolkit(s), HCSA membership and overall support for the initiative.
HCSA Finance Director (PTE) to be responsible for ensuring HCSA’s financial strategy and its execution supports robust financial growth and management to maintain HCSA as a healthy fiscal organisation.
HCSA Senior Technical Officer to be responsible for coordinating and supporting technical and quality assurance work related to the HCSA’s Simplified Approach for Smallholders and Social Requirements and overseeing the processing and coordinating the approval of HCSA’s trials.
HCSA Monitoring Platform Manager to provide technical direction, expertise, and support for managing HCSA’s Monitoring Platform to maintain HCS-HCV conservation areas and to ensure HCSA is responsive to halting threats.
HCSA Membership Outreach Manager will be mainly responsible for managing HCSA membership including leading the development of a new HCSA membership strategy to grow its membership base, and benefits and services provided to members.
HCSA Development Manager will be working closely with HCSA’s Executive Director and the Fundraising Task Force, the Development Outreach Manager will be mainly responsible for developing and supporting the implementation of HCSA’s fundraising strategy and programme to achieve HCSA’s Strategic Business Plan (2021 – 2025) goals.
If you have the relevant experience and are interested in the position above, please send in your CV and cover letter to the HCSA Secretariat at email@example.com by 16th September 2021. Thank you.
24th August 2021 – Today the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA)  and the Accountability Framework initiative (AFi)  launched their Partnership Plan  to advance their shared objectives related to natural forests and ecosystem protection, land rights, climate change and biodiversity loss mitigation within ethical supply chains.
The HCS Approach and AFi are integral to supporting robust no-deforestation and conservation commitments for companies producing, sourcing, or investing in forest-risk commodity supply chains. The collaboration aims to expand global commitments and their effective implementation through the increased uptake of the HCS Approach and the AFi’s Core Principles and Guidance. To achieve their shared objectives, the partnership between the HCSA and AFi will focus on:
Disseminating materials detailing how The HCSA and the Accountability Framework are aligned and complementary, and how both can be used to support defining forests and achieving no-deforestation and conservation efforts, respect land rights, improve livelihoods, and ethical supply chains.
Promoting uptake of the HSA and the Accountability Framework when engaging companies and other actors to implement efforts to address and transform forest-risk commodity supply chains.
Engaging in each other’s initiatives to exchange learnings, expertise, and identify opportunities to strengthen/expand areas of alignment, guidance, and supporting tools.
HCSA and AFi are keen to work with their overlapping organisational members, other interested organisations, and stakeholders to make the partnership plan a success.
The High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA)is a methodology that distinguishes forest areas for protection from degraded lands with low carbon and biodiversity values that may be developed, whilst ensuring that the rights and livelihoods of communities and workers are respected. The HCSA methodology can be used for integrated land use planning in any country and commodity grown in tropical moist forest landscapesand the HCSA is adapting its methodology for application by independent smallholders and will soon have an open-access framework technical procedure for producing high-quality indicative HCSA-HCV maps at a landscape level.
The Accountability Framework initiative (AFi)is a global coalition of leading environmental and human rights organizations working together to accelerate progress and improve accountability of company commitments to protect forests and safeguard human rights in agriculture and forestry supply chains. In June 2019, the coalition launched the Accountability Framework, a set of common principles, definitions, and guidance to support companies in setting ethical supply chain goals, taking action on them, and reporting on progress.
 In June 2021, HCSA joined the AFi coalition as a Supporting Partner and AFi was recognised as a partner of the HCSA Steering Group to support the aims of the Partnership Plan.
i The HCSA methodology can be used for integrated land use planning in any country and commodity grown in tropical moist forest landscapes while the AFi guidance is applicable to natural forests and ecosystem types.
Mapping High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests is a critical step towards protecting them from deforestation. High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) member Barry Callebaut (BC) teamed up with the EcoVision Lab at ETH Zurich University to produce large-scale indicative HCS forest maps for Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Utilising HCSA’s classification for vegetation stratification, over the past four years the ETH team combined new spaceborne LIDAR, satellite imagery, and calibrated regional carbon biomass data to produce large-scale indicative HCS maps which are highly automated and objective.
These maps represent a good first step towards automating large-scale indicative HCS forest maps covering large tropical forest regions. Nevertheless, it is important to locally calibrate the maps to validate and/or improve the accuracy of the maps before using them for integrated conservation land use planning, management, and monitoring. Additionally, the large-scale maps may be used to complement, but not substitute, HCS forest mapping as required for HCSA assessments as per HCSA Toolkit requirements.
The HCSA will continue to work with HCSA members and partners, including BC and ETH, to regularly update large-scale indicative HCS maps and improve their accuracy. The HCSA will support making the refined maps publicly available for use by land managers implementing the HCS Approach, in particular, smallholder farmers and small to medium enterprise third-party suppliers to HCSA members.
For access to the pre-print ‘High carbon stock mapping at large scale with optical satellite imagery and spaceborne LIDAR’ paper published ETH Zurich and University of Zurich and for access to the indicative HCS maps for Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines visit this link.
The HCSA begun developing a Framework methodology for landscape-level indicative HCS forest mapping that will be available for use in identified priority landscapes in 2021.
The HCSA Grievance Mechanism based on UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) effectiveness criteria for rights-based grievance mechanisms was developed in 2020 and launched in January 2021.