HCS Approach Application and Trials Dashboard

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
(Malaysia, Indonesia)

West Africa
(Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone & Nigeria)

Central Africa
(Cameroon, Gabon)

(Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands)

Central America
Central Africa

West Africa

Southeastern Africa

Central America

South America

Commodities Oil palm




Oil palm


Scale Concessions


Scheme smallholders

Independent smallholders




Biomes Tropical moist forest biomes Tropical moist forest biomes
Ongoing HCSA Trials
No Trial Principle Participant(s) LocationStatus
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
5. HCV-HCSA for Mexico Earthworm Foundation & Proforest Chiapas, Tabasco, Veracruz, and Campeche States, Mexico Ongoing
6. Climate Resilient Cocoa Landscapes in Madagascar Earthworm Foundation Sambirano Basin, Madagascar Ongoing