Please refer to High Carbon Stock Approach: Scope of Applicability for RSPO Certification (also applicable for other sectors) for more information on how the HCS Approach Toolkit can be used and when it requires formal trialing to support potential toolkit adaptations in different countries, biomes, production setups, and forest types.
This table below identifies where the HCS Approach is currently being applied, trialled and being prepared for trials by region, commodity, scale and biome.
|HCS Approach being applied||HCS Approach being trialled||HCS Approach trials in preparation|
|Region||South East Asia
(Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone & Nigeria)
(Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands)
|Biomes||Tropical moist forest biomes||Tropical moist forest biomes||–|
Ongoing HCSA Trials
|1.||Peat Aware Village and HCV-HCS pilot: Sg Linau, Riau||Proforest||Sg Linau, Riau, Indonesia||Completed|
|2.||Achieving no-deforestation palm oil in a smallholder landscape in Chiapas, Mexico||Earthworm Foundation||Chiapas, Mexico||Ongoing|
|3.||Developing a landscape-level HCS and HCV approach in a smallholder context in Tocache, Peru||Earthworm Foundation National Wildlife Federation||Tocache, Peru||Ongoing|
|4.||Achieving No-deforestation cocoa: piloting HCS and HCV methodologies in Enchi, Ghana||Earthworm Foundation||Enchi, Western Region, Ghana||Ongoing|