HCSA Legacy Cases


Exceptional Legacy Case Application Concludes

May 2022

A legacy case is an exceptional request by a member of HCSA seeking permission to clear High Carbon Stock forests for development in an area that has over 80% forest cover.  

These forests are defined by HCSA as High Forest Cover Landscapes (HFCL).

Four legacy requests were initially received by HCSA by the application deadline of June 2019.  Only one case proceeded to a full, in-depth due diligence investigation.   

Legacy Case Review Process

A specially convened Legacy Task Force made up of HCSA members representing each membership category was formed and was chaired by HCSA’s High Forest Cover Landscapes Working Group. 

During the due diligence phase that took place from May to Sept 2021, the Task Force engaged with the applicant reviewed the information provided and commissioned an independent consultant to conduct desk reviews and on-the-ground field verification.  The consultant examined the information provided by the applicant, other stakeholders and rightsholders.

The Task Force found that HCSA the requirements to qualify for a legacy case request were not adequately met by the applicant.  Permission to clear High Carbon Stock forests was not granted by the HCSA.  

Full details of the case, including a summary of the reasons for the decision, can be found here.

Please contact us at: info@highcarbonstock.org with any questions or comments.

The legacy review process has concluded and applications for special consideration are no longer being accepted.


Announcement: Call For Legacy Case Applications

June 2019

Applications for Legacy Cases may be submitted to the HCSA Secretariat during a sole submission period, after which a designated Legacy Task Force will review the case against predetermined eligibility criteria. Cases meeting these criteria will be subject to a due diligence procedure.

Deadline Requirement
30 June 2019

Companies to submit a legacy case review application, with all supporting documentation for eligibility determination to the HCSA Secretariat

31 August 2019 The Task Force will review the applications and their supporting documentation for completeness on a rolling basis. This process may include feedback to the company about incomplete documentation, with an opportunity to re-submit documentation prior to the deadline.

Kindly refer to the HCSA Legacy Task Force Terms of Reference for thorough understanding on the review process. This Terms of Reference and the HCSA Legacy Case Review Application Form can be found on the Documents page here

Kindly submit all applications, documents and/or queries to the HCSA Secretariat at Legacy@highcarbonstock.org