HCV global news and updates - September 2018
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September 2018
HCVRN Secretariat updates
HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) 
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Meet us at the RSPO RT 16
Paulina, Ruth, Arie and Haryo will be at the RSPO RT this year. To setup a meeting or ask us questions in advance, please
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Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) train-the-trainers project
The HCV Approach is now included in criteria 4.2 of the BCI Standard. The Secretariat worked with BCI to develop simplified risk-based HCV procedures for use by farmers, implementing partners and production unit managers. In preparation for the coming growing season, we will be supporting BCI with rounds of training with field managers and users, to test and apply the procedures. For more information contact Olivia.
HCVRN on the Soil Association Standards Board
Olivia Scholtz, Standards Manager, has been appointed Forestry Representative on the Soil Association Standards Board. This follows on from the Soil Association joining as a Member earlier this year. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with the UK's largest organic certification body. For more information contact Olivia.
HCV Approach at the landscape and jurisdictional scales 
The Secretariat has been awarded a grant from GIZ to develop guidance on using the HCV Approach at the landscape and jurisdictional scales. We are reaching out to different projects and organisations with experience in these settings to learn more about how the approach is being used and what challenges people face. If you are interested in learning more, or if you are currently working on a landscape or jurisdictional level initiative that incorporates the HCV approach, please contact Ellen.
Member & Supporter updates
FSC International is looking for HCV experts
FSC is looking for a professional with experience in Indonesia (preferred national and ideally with experience in working in Papua), with a solid environmental background and with experience and familiarity with both forestry and palm oil (but most importantly the latter) to conduct an analysis of whether the conversion of forests for the establishment of specific oil palm plantations in Indonesia has caused the destruction HCVs, and to analyze related potential environmental impacts. For more information on the case, see here. Candidates should contact Amparo Arellano.
HCV Assessor Training Courses 

Date: 14-16 November
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Provider: Astra Academy
Language: English

More information here.
HCV & HCSA for producers
Date: 09-11 October
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Provider: Proforest
Language: English
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Plantations can produce more palm oil if they keep riverbanks forested
Keeping riverbanks forested in regions with heavy palm oil development helps protect wildlife and their habitat. Read more here.
UNDP welcomes commitments to reduce deforestation in Ecuador
A coalition of state and non-state actors are focusing on issues related to High Conservation Values and deforestation reduction with support of UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Read here.
Study lays out oil palm development scenarios in Borneo
Researchers present scenarios using detailed maps of land cover, current concession permits, hydrology and areas of HCV and HCS, while calculating impacts to ecosystem services and carbon losses or gains. More here.
Malaysian National Interpretation for the Identification of HCVs
Proforest has facilitated the development of the guidance, which will play an important role in supporting better identification of HCVs in Malaysia by providing the national context for the definitions of each of the six HCV categories, as well as a framework for assessing levels of threat to the HCVs, and relevant case studies and data sources. Download it here.
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