Integrated HCV HCSA Course

Course description

HCV-HCSA assessments are required in the new 2018 RSPO certification standard, and HCV-HCSA assessments are also required by companies as part of their sustainability commitments in other forestry and agricultural commodities. The course combines taught modules, an in-depth practical case study and field exercise, with group work based on a simulated HCV-HCSA assessment.

Proforest are a recognised training provider for both HCV Resource Network (HCVRN) and the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) – and so the agenda and contents of the course meet the syllabus of the HCVRN and HSCA. Participants successfully completing the course will become HCSA Registered Practitioners and also meet one of the requirements to become a licensed HCV assessor under the HCVRN Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS).

Why do this course?

The HCV-HCSA integrated concept is increasingly being adopted as a land-use planning tool and it also integrates requirements on Free, Prior and Informed Consent. Many companies committed to “No deforestation” in their supply chains are using HCV-HCSA assessments as a means of implementing these commitments on the ground.

Course Objectives

  • To provide participants with in-depth knowledge of the latest guidance and best practices for HCV-HCSA assessments as per the HCV-HCSA assessment manual, HCSA Toolkit and HCV Common Guidance.
  • To train future HCV and or HCSA assessors with a standardised approach to HCV-HCSA assessments.

Key Focus Areas

  • Overview of the HCV and HCSA concepts
  • An introduction to FPIC
  • The HCVRN Assessor Licencing Scheme
  • GIS & technical requirements: land cover classification, forest inventory & patch analysis
  • Assessment pre-conditions and conducting a scoping study
  • Planning an assessment
  • The logistics of an HCV-HCSA assessment (including budgeting time and resources)
  • How to identify data gaps and address them
  • The consultation process (stakeholder identification, approaches, timing)
  • Data gathering and field survey methods
  • Validation of findings
  • Interpretation and identification of the six HCV categories
  • Using maps and geographical data
  • Threat assessment
  • Providing management and monitoring recommendations for a draft Integrated Conservation and Land Use Plan (ICLUP)
  •  Reporting requirements

Participant Profile

This course is aimed at those with some knowledge and/or experience of the HCV and HCS Approach. It is also aimed at those with experience of Environmental & Social Impact Assessment. Ideally, candidates have some academic training and practical experience in areas such as biology, ecology, conservation biology, sociology, remote sensing or participatory mapping.

Participant Evaluation

Evaluation will consist of four components: a short pre-test, a written exam (at the end of the course), participation marks and an HCV-HCSA public summary report. Participants achieving 70% will pass and will receive certificates of successful completion of the course.

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Integrated HCV HCSA Course

October 2020

TBC, Kuala Lumpur



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Registration deadline: TBC

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