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The High Carbon Stock Approach: an update

Proforest | 2017 | Proforest

An increasing number of supply chain companies have made commitments to eliminate deforestation from their sourcing of agricultural and forest commodities. However, to implement such commitments requires an agreed approach to distinguishing between forest areas that should be protected and non-forest areas that may be considered for conversion.

This briefing note introduces the High Carbon Stock (HCS) approach, which has been developed in response to this. The HCS Approach provides a clear and unified framework for identifying forest and other areas that should be protected, offering companies a coherent set of rules for implementing their 'no deforestation' commitments.