The Steering Group officially released The HCS Approach Toolkit Version 2.0: Putting No Deforestation into Practice on 3 May 2017.
This revised version incorporates the latest scientific research, feedback from on-the-ground trials as well as new topics and inputs from working groups of the HCS Approach Steering Group. The new toolkit also presents refinements, additions and important changes to the methodology, as a result of the ‘Convergence Agreement’ between HCS Approach and HCS+ Study in November 2016.
The toolkit is designed to standardise the methodology and to make it available to all practitioners. We will periodically issue updates to the toolkit, as well as new modules covering how to conserve, restore and monitor HCS forests.
We welcome input for the Steering Group on the implementation of the toolkit across different tropical regions in order to strengthen and refine the methodology. Please sign up for our Consultative Forum to provide comments and feedback.
The Toolkit V2.0 is available as below:
The HCS Approach: an introduction, overview and summary
Integration of HCV, HCS Forest and FPIC
Forest and vegetation stratification
HCS Forest Patch Analysis and Protection
Issues under development in the HCS Approach
Assuring the quality of HCS Assessments
The toolkit will soon be available in other languages.
The first version of the HCS Approach Toolkit was released in April 2015 and can be found here.