HCV global news and updates - July/August 2018
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July-August 2018
HCVRN Secretariat updates
Webinars for ALS users
The HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) team will be hosting three webinars in August to explain to Licensed Assessors, Quality Panel members, growers, and companies further improvements to the ALS. Improvements were approved by the HCVRN Management Committee and are geared towards greater efficiency, financial sustainability, and transparency.
Date and time:
Tuesday 21 August 
9:00 CDT (Spanish)

Monday 27 August
9:00 BST (English)
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Status on HCV assessment report evaluations
Following an announcement regarding delays in HCV assessment report evaluations, the ALS Quality Manager has been contacting companies to update them on the status of the report(s) they have commissioned. Companies can also check the status of their reports by visiting the Status of Reports section on the ALS website. If you have any questions please contact Ruth.
HCVRN Member & Supporter updates
Landscape and jurisdictional project
The HCVRN Secretariat will soon receive funding from HCVRN Member GIZ (Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit) to develop global guidance for applying the HCV Approach at the landscape and jurisdictional scale. HCVRN Members Proforest and Daemeter will also be collaborating. For more information please contact Ellen
The scramble for land rights
HCVRN Member World Resources Institute has recently published a report which examines discrepancies in time and costs required to obtain formal land rights in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Read the report here.
HCV and IFC PS6: why do the different approaches matter to industry?
The Biodiversity Consultancy recently published a briefing note that highlights the key differences between the International Finance Corporation’s Sustainability Framework's (IFC) Performance Standard 6 and the HCV Approach. Read here.

Job opportunities!
We are recruiting two part-time ALS Senior Quality Officers and one part-time Junior Quality Officer. Apply by 24 August 2018 here
HCV Assessor Training Courses

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

Date: 24-26 September
Place: Curvelo, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Provider: Astra Academy
Language: Spanish/Portuguese

More information
HCV for producers
Date: 9-11 October 2018
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Provider: Proforest
Language: English
Audience: Technical company staff from producer companies.
More information here.
How sustainable is 'deforestation-free' palm oil?
Palm oil has the potential to be sustainable; six to ten times more of it can be harvested per hectare of land than competing oils such as corn, soya and olive. And “deforestation-free palm oil is totally possible". Read
Home Depot outlines sustainability progress and commitments in 2018
The company has expanded its global wood-purchasing policy as part of its commitment to High Conservation Value Forests and tropical Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs). Read here.
Timber and pulp assessment
In assessing 50 of the world’s most significant tropical timber and pulp producers, ZSL’s SPOTT (Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit) found that most are failing to publish accurate maps of their operation.
 Read here.
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