HCV global news and updates - April/March 2018
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April/March 2018
Secretariat updates
Latin American licensed assessors receive training
The HCVRN Secretariat held a second training course for Licensed Assessors and GIS experts from 9 countries on the High Carbon Stock Approach and integrated HCV-HCSA assessments in Santo Domingo, Costa Rica on the week of the 12th of March. To learn why Licensed Assessors are getting trained, click here.
HCVRN Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) workshop takes place in Jakarta
On the 5th and 6th March, Ruth Silva, ALS Quality Manager, and Arie Soetjiadi, Southeast Asia Representative, hosted, in collaboration with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop provided a space for the HCVRN Secretariat to explain ALS rules to Licensed Assessors from Southeast Asia, and for assessors to share their experiences and suggest opportunities for improvement. For more information about this workshop, please contact Ruth Silva
HCVRN participates in workshop organised by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council 
Standards Manager, Marius von Essen, participated in the Aquaculture Stewardship Council's Terrestrial Plants Ingredients Workshop held in Amsterdam on March 7th & 8th. During the workshop, Marius provided recommendations to the Steering Committee of the Responsible Feed Project. For more information, please contact Marius
Improved Membership from 2018 onwards
Members have recently received a special communication on the new membership strategy which includes new processes for participation in the development of the HCV approach, new members' assemblies with member voting processes and exclusive services for members only. Stay tuned! More information is coming soon.
The exceptional value of intact forest ecosystems
A newly published paper finds that there is emerging evidence that the remaining intact forest supports an exceptional confluence of globally significant environmental values relative to degraded forests, including imperilled biodiversity, carbon sequestration and storage, water provision, indigenous culture and the maintenance of human health. Read paper here.
Harnessing the power of global supply chains to halt deforestation driven by soy
A new briefing by Global Canopy and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) explores opportunities to improve soy production practices in the Cerrado to reduce deforestation and safeguard its remaining vegetation. Read the briefing here.

Standards Manager Marius Von Essen will be a speaker at the 13th conference of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS)
30th & 31st May 2018
Lille, France
More information
RSPO European Roundtable
25 & 26 June 2018
Paris, France
More information
New Directory for HCVRN Members & Supporters
A new directory has been shared with HCVRN Members and Supporters with the most up-to-date information about each organisation and their HCV-related work.
If your organisation is not yet a Member or Supporter, click here for information on how to join our Network!
Better Cotton standard is given an overhaul
Better Cotton Initiative's approach to biodiversity now focuses on the identification, mapping and restoration or protection of natural resources, including High Conservation Values. Read more here.
No cellphone reception? That's good news for jaguars 
A new study finds that the big cats and other endangered animals do best in places where there’s no phone coverage. Read here.
Edge effects of oil palm plantations on anuran communities
A new study published by Biological Conservation found that oil palm plantations exhibit an edge effect that extends as far as 4 kilometers, resulting in a decline in the diversity of frog species in adjacent forests. Read
Europe's future oil production 
In a non-binding resolution adopted in January, the European Parliament said no exploration or drilling should be allowed in “vulnerable areas of High Conservation Value”. Read
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