17 May 2018, Accra, Ghana: The High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) hosted its inaugural meeting with stakeholders to establish a new Africa Steering Group on the sides of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 event. With the expansion of the use of the HCSA across Central and West Africa, the Africa Steering Group will provide support for the application of the HCSA methodology, networking and consulting with key stakeholders, and integrating HCSA into the various African nations’ land use plans.
The HCSA, a methodology for putting No Deforestation commitments into practice while ensuring the rights and livelihoods of local peoples are respected, is being used by hundreds of companies across several million hectares of land in Asia and Central and West Africa. Much of the focus of HCSA so far has been on oil palm and pulpwood plantations in Asia. However, Africa contains the second largest area of tropical rainforest in the world and it is under increasing pressure from the expansion of agricultural production including palm oil, cocoa, rubber and coffee.
The High Carbon Stock Approach Toolkit is well established for implementing No Deforestation in fragmented tropical forest landscapes. The initiative is continually evolving new innovations and will soon issue guidance for the implementation of strengthened social requirements, an adapted approach for smallholders, support for forest conservation through incentives and benefits to local communities, and a position on only addressing existing ‘legacy’ plantation development in High Forest Cover Landscapes while supporting alternative conservation and development options.
For more information contact:
Asen M. Ako, EHS & Sustainability Manager of Wilmar Nigeria,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph: +234-8158066794
Judy Rodrigues, Executive Director of HCSA,
email@example.com, Ph: +31-650503758
Grant Rosoman, Co-Chair of HCSA,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph: +64-21428415
 ‘Legacy’ cases are existing partially developed plantation expansion operations that have suspended expansion due to no deforestation requirements but have legal commitments, and obligations and expectations with local communities. Valid legacy cases will be determined through eligibility criteria.