Innovative Approach for Sustainable Conservation

A session by HCS Approach Steering Group

Date : Friday, 12 November 2016
Time : 10.40 – 12.00 GMT
Venue : Indonesia Pavilion at COP22, Marrakech, Morocco


The High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach is a methodology that distinguishes forest areas for protection from degraded lands with low carbon and biodiversity values that may be developed. The methodology was developed with the aim to ensure a practical, transparent, robust, and scientifically credible approach that is widely accepted to implement commitments to halt deforestation in the tropics while ensuring the rights and livelihoods of local peoples’ are respected.

The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), produced by IUCN and the World Resources Institute (WRI), provides a flexible and affordable framework for countries to rapidly identify and analyse areas that are primed for forest landscape restoration (FLR) and to identify specific priority areas at a national or subnational level.

These methodologies also respect local community rights through their integration with enhanced Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) procedures, and respecting community land use and livelihoods. It encourages community-land use planning and management, and applies conservation planning tools to the identified HCS forest areas, and combines with mapped community land use, HCV, peatland and riparian areas to micro-delineate areas for conservation, community land use, and/ or areas potentially available for plantation development.




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