HCV global news and updates - May 2018
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May 2018
HCVRN Secretariat updates
Three new part-time staff have joined the HCVRN Secretariat team: Ellen Watson, Olivia Scholtz and Haryo Ajie Dewanto. Ellen & Olivia will lead on several projects, while Haryo will help the HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) team.
Landscape-level HCV identification in Ecuador
HCVRN, in collaboration with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Latin American office and the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador, hosted a workshop on May 22nd & 23rd in Quito to explore how landscape-level HCV identification can support national efforts to achieve socially and environmentally responsible commodity production. 
Intact Forests in the 21st Century
Ellen Watson will present on the role of the HCV approach in identifying and protecting Intact Forest Landscapes at the Intact Forests in the 21st Century Conference that will take place in Oxford from June 18th - 20th.
Management Committee will meet in June
The 2017-2020 Management Committee will physically meet in Oxford on June 19th and 20th to discuss strategic priorities and projects, such as the HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) and ongoing collaborations with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA). 
HCVRN Member updates
Sime Darby responds to Iceland's announcement to remove palm oil from their products
HCVRN Member Sime Darby responded to UK-based supermarket chain Iceland's decision to ban palm oil from all its own brand food lines. While Sime Darby shares Iceland’s concerns over the alleged sustainability issues associated with palm oil, simply replacing palm oil with other vegetable oils will only impose more pressure on forests as more land is needed to produce the same amount of oil. Read statement here.
Olam launches AtSource
HCVRN Member Olam recently launched a sustainable and traceable solution that will provide environmental and social insights into the journey of agricultural raw materials and food ingredients from the farm to manufacturing and retail customer. AtSource presents manufacturers with granular data through a digital dashboard which tracks the social and environmental footprint of a product. Read more here.
Olam Living Landscapes Policy
Olam has also recently launched its Living Landscapes Policy, which recognises that achieving net positive benefits also requires removing unacceptable practices from its operations and supply chains. Olam's own operations and third suppliers must carry out no degradation or conversion of HCV areas.
Common Guidance for HCV identification in Burmese
HCVRN Member Fauna and Flora International have translated the Common Guidance for HCV Identification into Burmese with the support of the European Union, Helmsley Charitable Trust and Foundation Segré. 
Palm oil supply chain complexity impedes implementation of corporate no-deforestation commitments
A new study explores the complexity across the extent of the palm oil supply chain as a barrier for companies to secure guaranteed no-deforestation commitments. Read here
The use of the HCV and HCS approaches by palm oil companies assessed on SPOTT
A new report from ZSL finds that over 70% of palm oil producers and traders assessed on SPOTT in November 2017 had made clear commitments to the HCV approach, increasing from 54% in June 2015. But despite this progress, only a third of companies clearly extend their HCV commitments to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers, indicating potential ESG risks. Read here
HCV Assessor Training Courses

Date: 13-15 June
Place: Montefiascone, Italy
Provider: Astra Academy
Language: English 

Date: 9-13 July
Place: TBC, Ivory Coast
Provider: Proforest
Language: French

Date: 19-21 September
Place: Montefiascone, Italy
Provider: Astra Academy
Language: English

More information here.
The Forests Dialogue
Understanding Deforestation-Free, Field Dialogue in Gabon
RSPO Latin American Conference
Paulina Villalpando, HCVRN Executive Director, will run a workshop on the 4 June and participate as a panelist on the 6 June.
Date: 4-6 June 2018
Place: Cali, Colombia
More information
RSPO European Roundtable
Date: 25 & 26 June 2018
Place: Paris, France
More information
How big forests solve global problems
Intact forests today total around 11.8 million square kilometers. Over 7% has been lost since 2000. Keeping the rest is a key to turning around three global trends: climate change, the sixth great extinction crisis and the loss of human cultures. Read here.
Biodiversity of conservation areas in Mexico
Ejido Caoba’s efforts to preserve the ecosystem appear to be quite successful, as the camera trap videos below suggest. Being FSC certified requires that the ejido monitors wildlife in HCV areas. Read
Guns, germs and trees determine density and distribution of gorillas and chimpanzees in Western Equatorial Africa
If logging companies follow the HCV approach (an FSC forest management designation), this requires strict control over harvesting levels of tree species known to be important for great apes. Read here
Taking the lead in forest protection
Sabah will remain a crucial green lung for the world, thanks to policies put in place by the Barisan Nasional-led government. Read here.
Palm oil certification? No silver bullet but essential for sustainability
We need a global standard on what constitutes sustainable palm oil and a common system to implement it. Read here.
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