HCS Convergence Agreement
Following a year of intensive work, the HCS Convergence Working Group announced in Bangkok that they have reached agreement on convergence between the HCSA and HCS+ approaches. The Group has agreed on a single, coherent set of principles for implementation of companies’ commitments to “no deforestation” in their palm oil operations and supply chains. The members of the Group worked together constructively to develop recommendations that provide a roadmap forward for addressing the issues that remain in a collaborative and integrated way.
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The agreement outlines:
Fundamental elements of the converged methodology that protects HCS forests, HCV areas and peatlands, including forest stratification and decision-making in "young regenerating forest" within fragmented landscapes, the role of carbon and robust implementation of FPIC and other social requirements;
The intention for functional and institutional integration of HCS with the HCV Resource Network; and
A roadmap for resolving outstanding issues through a collaborative process.
The recommendations will be incorporated into the revised HCSA Toolkit and the members of the Group are committed to further the implementation of these recommendations and to address the important remaining issues through their engagement in the HCSA Steering Group. In addition, the agreement will be reflected in the policies and positions of the organizations endorsing this agreement and the revised HCSA toolkit will be implemented by the companies when it is issued in early 2017.
High Carbon Stock Study
In 2014, the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto, of which Sime Darby Plantation is a signatory, commissioned the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Science Study, which was aimed at clearly defining what constitutes a HCS forest, and establish HCS thresholds that takes into account not only environmental concerns but also socio-economic and political factors in developing and emerging economies. The HCS Science Study, which is supported by a wide range of stakeholders worldwide, has proposed HCS+ as a guide for oil palm growers to develop plantations that are carbon neutral, conflict-free, transparent and equitable to all stakeholders.
The HCS Science Study concluded in December 2015 and as part of its commitment to the study and the manifesto, Sime Darby Plantation is currently conducting trials for the HCS+ Approach in its operations in Liberia. As a signatory to the SPOM, we will also trial the HCS Approach, as per recommendation in the final report of the HCS Study.
INDEPENDENT REPORT FROM THE TECHNICAL COMMITTEE.PDF
GABON CASE STUDY
French - Étude de cas au Gabon – La méthodologie HCS+ testée sur le terrain
Chinese - 技术委员会独立报告 – 延伸摘要
French - Rapport indépendant du Comité technique – Résumé détaillé
Indonesian - Laporan Independen Komite Teknik – Ringkasan Lengkap
Spanish - Informe Independiente del Comité Técnico - Resumen ampliado
- Consulting Report 1- Review of forest inventory methods for estimating biomass carbon stocks
- Consulting Report 2 - Mapping tropical forest biomass: Synthesis of ground and remote sensing inventory
- Consulting Report 3 - Review of aboveground biomass estimation techniques
- Consulting Report 4 - Dynamics of carbon in disturbed tropical forests and plantations
- Consulting Report 5 - Practical guidance on locating and delineating peatlands and other organic soils in the tropics
- Consulting Report 6 - Practical guidance on how to estimate soil carbon stocks and soil greenhouse gas emissions following tropical forest conversion on mineral soil
- Consulting Report 7 - Review of global literature on the application of remote sensing for delineation and stratification of tropical forest ecosystems
- Consulting Report 8 - Review of global literature on the use of LiDAR technology for the assessment of aboveground biomass and carbon stocks at different spatial scales
- Consulting Report 9 - Synthesis of the state of the art of aboveground biomass estimation using remote sensing
- Consulting Report 10 - Overview of existing regulatory mechanisms and relevant actors
- Consulting Report 11 - Respecting rights and securing livelihoods in conserving ‘High Carbon Stock’ forests
- Consulting Report 11 - Menghormati hak dan mengamankan mata pencaharian dalam melestarikan hutan ‘Stok Karbon Tinggi’
- Consulting Report 12 - The Felda case study
- Consulting Report 13 - Nigeria: A smallholder case study
- Consulting Report 14 - High Carbon Stock (HCS) and the socio-economics of palm oil: Towards improving the sustainability of the palm oil sector in Indonesia
- Consulting Report 15 - The economic impacts of palm oil in Indonesia
- Consulting Report 16 - Indonesian oil palm smallholders and high carbon stock: considerations to avoid errors of the past
- Consulting Report 17 - Palm oil in Liberia : missed opportunities and second chances