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High Carbon Stock Convergence

Related: Agriculture and Food Systems, Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources

​Meridian Institute is working closely with Jim Leape, chair of the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Convergence Working Group, to design and facilitate a process that will result in a single approach to identifying land that contains "high carbon stock." This methodology is fundamental to operationalizing companies' no deforestation commitments, initially for palm oil in fragmented moist tropical forests but later to be adapted for other commodities and ecosystems. 

Through this effort, fifteen major NGOs and companies are working together to converge the High Carbon Stock Approach methodology and the HCS+ methodology. The NGO and corporate participants are supported by the Chairs of the High Carbon Stock Approach Steering Group and the High Carbon Stock Science Study and Proforest is contributing technical expertise. The Government of Norway, the Climate and Land Use Alliance, and the participating companies are all contributing financial support for the process. ​

Update: On November 8, 2016, the HCS Convergence Working Group announced that it has reached agreement -- see announcement here.


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