Responsible land use and conservation
Many sustainability standards for agricultural commodities and forest products have specific requirements for the management of High Conservation Values (HCVs), High Carbon Stocks (HCS) and other environmental values. Investors, partners, buyers and banks may require other types of impact assessments.
What do we do?
We can help you to carry out assessments of conservation values, and environmental and social impacts, using field evaluations and desk reviews.
We work with established processes, like the HCV approach and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). We’ll also work with you to tailor and develop any new methodologies you need, while ensuring they meet rigorous standards and stakeholder scrutiny.
For example, we can:
- identify and help you plan the management of HCVs. To meet the requirements of many sustainability standards, HCVs in natural resource production environments must be maintained or enhanced. Land managers need to identify, manage and monitor the condition of HCVs within their lands. This is especially important when planning the development of new areas of land.
- assess areas of high carbon stock. We follow the development of new methodologies, and build on our experience with HCV assessments, to provide on-the-ground assessments of production operations, as well as supply chain mapping and risk analysis related to HCS.
- contribute to Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) in the forestry and agricultural commodity sectors.
How do we work?
We work with organisations and companies at production and supply chain levels. At the production level, we help you plan, carry out and follow up on practical assessments of environmental and social values and impacts. Following an initial desk review, we will use an agreed methodology to fill gaps in our knowledge. We work with local teams of specialists to carry out faunal and floral studies, gather biophysical information, and support social scientists to carry out consultations with local stakeholders as necessary.
We also work with processing, manufacturing and trading companies, to trace materials in their supply chains back to the sources. We can then assess whether they are likely to meet requirements such as HCV, HCS and other standards, and draw up a plan of action if needed.