HCV global news and updates - June 2018
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June 2018
HCVRN Secretariat updates
Management Committee physical meeting 
The 2017-2020 Management Committee met in Oxford on June 19th and 20th to approve improvements to the HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme, discuss the proposed strategic partnerships with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA), among other priority projects. The three Co-Chairs will share a summary of discussions and decisions with their HCVRN Member constituencies soon.
Strategy week
The HCVRN Secretariat staff met for a 4-day team gathering to discuss improvements to the HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme, prepare for the Management Committee meeting and plan for projects in the oil palm, cotton, and forestry sectors.
HCVRN Member updates
Welcome to The Soil Association!
The Soil Association has recently joined the Network as a Member. SA is also a member of the HCVRN Standards Working Group. Learn more about their work here.
Five years of APP's Forest Conservation Policy 
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) launched its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) five years ago. The policy includes commitments to identify and protect High Conservation Values. Read here.
GAR's 2017 Sustainability Report
Golden Agri-Resources has recently published its 2017 Sustainability Report which highlights important milestones in the company’s efforts to transform its palm supply chain. Read the report here.
Ellen Watson presenting on HCV-HCSA assessments at the Intact Forests Conference in Oxford. Photo credit: Proforest.
HCV Assessor Training Courses

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.
Earth's intact forests vanishing at accelerating pace
Earth’s intact forests shrank by an area larger than Austria every year from 2014 to 2016 and at a 20 percent faster rate than during the previous decade. 
Read here.
The diversity of biodiversity
According to a recent study, the richness of high-carbon stocks is not shared equally among various species found in forests. Read here
The economic benefits of Mexico's community-forest management
Ixtlan de Juarez in Oaxaca, Mexico has been Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified since 2001, according to the FSC. It was one of the first communities in Mexico to seek certification. Read here.
Saying "no" to palm oil would likely displace, not halt biodiversity loss 
Banning palm oil would most likely increase the production of other oil crops to meet demand for oil, displacing rather than halting the significant global biodiversity losses caused by palm oil. Read here.
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