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Welcome to the first issue of the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) newsletter for 2017.
This year was marked by an outstanding milestone, the launch of the HCS Approach Toolkit v2.0, which signifies a new and unified global methodology for putting no deforestation into practice. Backed by the inputs and support of our entire Steering Group (SG) and expert friends in the field, this open-sourced toolkit provides a practical and scientifically robust technical guide to identify and protect tropical forests. Next month, we will also see the release of the High Conservation Value-High Carbon Stock (HCV-HCS) Integrated Manual, a guide produced in collaboration with the High Conservation Value Resource Network (HCVRN), giving full details on requirements and the process of conducting joint HCV and HCS assessments.
Aside from these achievements, the HCS Approach SG continues to broaden its reach such as with progress with the High Forest Cover Landscape working group, HCSA in jurisdictional approaches and dialogue with the cocoa sector, much of this owed to partnerships and collaborations with other stakeholders, governments, organisations and initiatives. As the methodology gains more traction within South East Asia, we now look to new horizons in Africa and South America. We call to our partners to build on and fortify the HCS Approach across new regions, landscapes and commodities.
This is the first newsletter using our new brand that will keep our readers abreast of current news and developments on a quarterly basis. We hope that you enjoy reading it and that it will help you stay up to date with our activities.

Aida Greenbury & Grant Rosoman, HCS Approach SG Co-Chairs

News and Updates

Launch of Toolkit v2.0

In May 2017, the HCS Approach Toolkit v2.0, a unified global methodology for protecting natural forests and identifying lands for responsible commodity production, was released. The launch event took place in Bali, Indonesia and was a great success with over 100 attendees, including local and international media. The toolkit was presented by the HCS Approach Steering Group Co-Chair, Grant Rosoman, followed by a commentary on the release by a representative from Indonesia's Ministry of Finance.

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New HCS Approach Introduction Video


A new HCS Approach Introduction Video was launched earlier this year, providing an overview of the key elements of the methodology and highlighting the value of the approach in putting No Deforestation into practice. The video is currently available in English and Bahasa Indonesia.

New HCS Approach
Steering Group Members

The HCS Approach Steering Group recently announced that six new members have joined the Steering Group since March 2017. To find out more about membership, click on the button below.

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Upcoming Publications & Research Papers on the HCS Approach 

Representatives of the HCS Approach Steering Group have submitted a paper to an IUCN publication on No Deforestation. Also soon to be published is a HCS Approach research paper titled ‘Do high carbon stock forests provide co-benefits for tropical biodiversity?’ written by a research team led by the University of Kent with some support from the HCS Approach Steering Group.
Look out for the announcements of these publications on the HCS Approach Website.

Integrating HCV-HCS Assessment Guidance - Manual coming soon

The HCS Approach Steering Group is working with HCV Resource Network (HCVRN) to develop procedures for integrated HCV-HCS assessments to support the identification of HCS forests alongside HCVs. A detailed technical HCV-HCS assessment manual is currently under preparation, incorporating step by step guidance for conducting joint assessments. In anticipation of the manual’s release, the video above has been made available by HCVRN, describing how both HCV and HCS approaches work in practice for retailers and consumer goods manufacturers committed to eliminating deforestation from their operations.

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HCS Approach Blog Competition in Indonesia


The HCS Approach Steering Group opened a blog competition to the Indonesian public, on the tails of the launch of the HCS Approach Toolkit v2.0 on 3 May 2017. A total of 32 entries were received, helping to increase awareness about the HCS Approach and highlight the newly launched version of the toolkit as the unified global methodology for putting ‘No Deforestation’ into practice. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the competition are listed below:

1st place: – Akhmad Helmi Irfansah
Title: Lindungi Hutan Alam Dengan Metode HCS Approach Toolkit Versi 2.0

2nd place: 
Kopiah Putih – Abdur Rosyid
Title: HCS Approach Toolkit Versi 2.0: Penyelamat Hutan Indonesia

3rd place: – Muna Syaroh
Title: Metodologi Terbaru Penyelamatan Hutan

The full list of submissions can be found on the HCS Approach website here.

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Opening for Senior Executive Position at HCS Approach
Steering Group 


The HCS Approach Steering Group’s Executive Committee is looking for an outstanding individual to execute the organisation’s strategy, oversee its various workstreams and lead the work of the Secretariat. The role will report directly to the Executive Committee of the HCS Approach Steering Group, and work closely with the Co-Chairs and the Secretariat. The role is open to individuals on a contract basis, individuals from other organisations on a secondment basis, or to agencies who are able to dedicate a consultant to the role. Interested candidates or organisations should contact the Secretariat at with a cover letter and CV. To find out more about the role, click on the button below.

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Upcoming Events

HCS Approach
Steering Group Meeting

28 September 2017 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

5th FSC General Assembly 2017

8-13 October 2017
Vancouver, Canada

Cameroon Forest Solutions
and HCSA Workshop

16 October 2017
Douala, Cameroon, Africa

Innovation Forum: How business can tackle deforestation

17-18 October 2017 
Jakarta, Indonesia

The Economist Events' Sustainability Summit 2017

1 November 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

15th Annual Roundtable Conference on
Sustainable Palm Oil (RT15)

27-30 November 2017
Bali, Indonesia

To view the full list of events click here.

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