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 first version of the HCS Approach Toolkit was released in April 2015 and can be found here.
HCSA Advice Notes
HCSA Advice Notes provide clarifications or interpretations of requirements in the HCSA toolkit and HCV-HCSA assessment manual to respond to technical queries that arise from the implementation of the HCSA methodology and the evaluation of HCSA and HCV-HCSA assessment reports.
|HCSA Advice Notes||Topics Covered|
|Advice Note 1: HCV-HCSA Assessments||i. Use of national land cover classification systems|
ii. Number and location of forest inventory plots
iii. Due diligence requirements
iv. Local people’s lands for food security and livelihoods
|Advice Note 2: HCV-HCSA Assessments||i. Social requirements|
ii. Assessment preparation
iii. Social background study
iv. Land tenure and use study
|Advice Note 3: HCV-HCSA Assessments||Forest inventory plots|
|Advice Note 4: HCV-HCSA Assessments||i. Land cover classification|
ii. Ground truthing
|Advice Note 5: HCV-HCSA Assessments||i. Patch analysis|
|Advice Note 6: HCV-HCSA Assessments||i. Vegetation classification & satellite imagery|
ii. Land clearing & moratorium
|Advice Note 7: HCV-HCSA Assessments||i. Carbon stock assessment|
ii. General requirements including Patch analysis