Restoration & Remediation Guidance

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This guidance sets out the HCSA principles and criteria for ecological restoration and social remedy for wrongly cleared or indirectly cleared or degraded High Carbon Stock forests, community lands, High Conservation Value areas and peatlands.

It stipulates minimum guidelines to ensure ecological restoration and social remediation packages are credible and have the best chance for long-term success.

Developed in collaboration with HCSA members and Executive Committee working with the High Conservation Value Network (HCVN), the guidance identifies three core principles:

  • Restore to the highest level of ecological recovery
  • Social remedy respects Free, Prior, Informed Consent processes and is established with the cooperation of affected communities
  • Long-term restoration/remediation management and monitoring plans are established and well-resourced

The guidance is being trialled for two years (ends 2024), with implementation support from the Secretariats of the HCSA and the HCVN.  

The current version will be used until the HCSA Restoration Technical Working Group is established and the HCSA Toolkit restoration and remediation requirements and implementation guidance are completed and published.

The guidance can be viewed online and downloaded here. Please contact the HCSA Secretariat for more information: