HCV global news and updates - January 2018
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January 2018
Secretariat updates
Upcoming webinars: Risk-based identification of HCVs
During the webinars we will take a look at the challenges of HCV identification and how risk-based approaches can help overcome them. 
Wednesday 14 February 2018
Time: 9:00 AM (GMT) 16:00 (WIB)

Date: Thursday 15 February 2018
Time: 9:00 AM (CST) 15:00 (GMT)

Register here
HCV-HCSA Assessment Manual now available in 5 languages! 
From Nov 2017, High Carbon Stock Approach Members are required to conduct integrated HCV-HCSA assessments. These assessments must be led by ALS-licensed assessors, who are required to follow the HCV-HCSA Assessment Manual and submit all reports for evaluation. The manual is now available in English, Bahasa Indonesia, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Download here

New website under construction
We are working on a new and improved website! Please let us know if you have any comments on the current website  and stay tuned for the launch!
Practical assessment and monitoring of forest biodiversity
A new briefing note explains the Forest Integrity Assessment Tool, a user-friendly tool developed by the HCVRN and Proforest, with support from WWF. Read here.
The business of planting trees: a growing investment opportunity
Two of our Members (The World Resources Institute and The Nature Conservancy) just released a report which highlights four promising investment themes in land restoration.
Download it here.
We are hiring! 
We are looking for an ALS Quality Officer who is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia. Apply
here by January 31st.
HCV Assessor Training Courses

28 February - 2 March 2018
Curvelo, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Provider: Astra Academy
Language: Spanish & Portuguese

More information here
FSC Chain of Custody & Forest Management 
Certification course

Date: 2-11 May 2018
Place: Douala, Cameroon
Language: French

Provider: CMO Logistics (Pty) Ltd

Dr. Michal Brink for more information.
True or False

If the final mark of an HCV assessment report is Unsatisfactory, companies cannot hire another Licensed Assessor to re-do the HCV assessment.

The answer is here!
Olam achieves second RSPO certification for oil palm plantations in Gabon
Bilala palm oil mill is the second of two plantations managed by Olam Palm Gabon to be certified. This plantation includes 19,500 ha of protected HCV areas. Read
Study reveals forests have yet another climate-protection superpower
A new study published in Nature Communications finds that forests may have an even bigger cooling effect on climate than we thought. Read here
How Cargill is feeding a changing, growing world
In 2014, Cargill pledged to build a traceable and transparent palm oil supply chain. This included a promise to not clear any High Conservation Value areas. Read here
New satellite data reveals forest loss far greater than expected in Brazil
The Brazilian Amazon lost 184 km2 of forest in December 2017, according to the country’s Institute of Man and the Environment of the Amazon. Read here
BCI Global Cotton Conference
The second edition of the BCI Global Cotton Conference will bring the entire sector together on 26 – 28 June to collaborate on a more sustainable future for cotton
. Read here
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