We provide the tools to stop the catastrophic destruction
of tropical forests

How do we stop deforestation?

The biggest cause of tropical deforestation is agricultural expansion and the global demand for commodities such as palm oil, beef, wood, cocoa, soya and rubber. 

The High Carbon Stock Approach provides the tools for plantation companies and farmers, global suppliers and consumer brands to eliminate deforestation from their operations – to grow and trade commodity crops without destroying the Earth’s essential rainforests or violating the rights of local communities.

Our goal is to conserve 5 million hectares of irreplaceable carbon-rich tropical forest by 2025

People, forests and land use

How and where new agricultural development takes place is the crux of tropical deforestation. It’s a complex and multi-layered issue that demands a system-wide approach with decision-making exercised by local communities, producers and stakeholders on the ground – and across global supply chains.

Explore the reach of our work:

A global coalition of equal partners

We are an international not-for-profit organisation whose members include some of the world’s largest companies and brands, environmental and social justice NGOs, forest community representatives and conservation and monitoring experts.

Our members developed and now implement the HCSA Toolkit. They continue to test and trial new tools across different commodities and geographical lands to promote the uptake of the HCSA methodology and Toolkit so that deforestation can be halted and reversed.

Our broad coalition is a powerful check on deforestation – because all parties agree about the areas of carbon-rich, biodiverse rainforests that must be conserved.



February 5-11 World Cocoa Foundation 2024 Partnership Meeting, Amsterdam

Exploring discussions and possible future collaborations with the cocoa and chocolate sector.

May 6-10 19th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF19), New York. 

June 11-14 The Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit, Chicago.

July 22-26 27th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 27), Rome.

November 11-24 2024 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 29), Azerbaijan.

How to get involved in our work

We have a wealth of open-access resources so please contact us if you would like to find out more about the High Carbon Stock Approach, are interested in supporting our work, or would like to find out about HCSA membership and how to join us.

For general enquiries and media requests please email: info@highcarbonstock.org

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