Public Consultation: HCS Approach Methodology & Toolkit version 2.0

Second Consultation Period 30 September – 30 October: Please Give your Feedback

Earlier this year, it was announced that the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach Steering Group would be commencing the first revision of the HCS Approach Methodology and Toolkit since its public release in 2015. As part of the first phase of the revision process, key stakeholders, such as commodity companies and practitioners implementing the HCS Approach, were consulted on their experience with the Toolkit and Methodology. Members of the scientific community were engaged in the process via the HCS Approach Scientific Advisory Committee, and all stakeholders were invited to provide feedback through a public consultation and a workshop that was held in March.

Following a second consultation workshop held last week on the 20th of September in Singapore, and further to the HCSA/HCS+ convergence agreed key elements, a selected set of new chapters for version 2.0 are now open for public consultation. The drafts of these chapters can be downloaded below:

Chapter 3: Vegetation Stratification
Chapter 4: Ground Survey
Chapter 6: HCS Forest Patch Analysis & Decision Tree
New Chapter: HCS-HCV-FPIC Integration

The Steering Group invites any interested parties and relevant stakeholders to contribute to the HCS Approach Methodology & Toolkit Version 2.0 by reviewing the above selected chapters and providing feedback/comments in the survey form below. The consultation is open starting from the 30th of September, and will close on the 30th of October, 2016.

HCS Approach Methodology & Toolkit Version 2.0 – Public Consultation

NOTE: We strongly recommend that you read the chapters you wish to review, and note down your feedback prior to commencing the survey. Due to restrictions, it is not possible to start the survey and complete it at a later point. However, if you have submitted a survey response and wish to edit your response, this is possible via a link on the form submission confirmation page.

Should you have any questions regarding the new chapters and/or the public consultation, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat at:

More information on the timeline of the toolkit methodology and revision process can be found here.

The HCS Approach Toolkit Version 1.0 is available here.