High Carbon Stock (HCS)
Tropical forest landscapes hold large stores of carbon and biodiversity, and are important to millions of people who depend on the forest for their livelihoods. Today these landscapes have a mix of vegetation from grassland to scrub, regenerating forest to dense forests with a high canopy.
The High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach pioneered by Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) in partnership with The Forest Trust (TFT) and Greenpeace, as part of our original Forest Conservation Policy in 2011, was developed to provide land managers with a practical land use planning tool. The policy is now embedded in our enhanced GAR Social and Environmental Policy (GSEP).
The HCS Approach provides a methodology and toolkit to help land managers define forest types and make decisions about what land can be developed and what should be conserved. It aims to balance ecological and environmental values with the customary rights of indigenous peoples and benefits to local communities.
Together with our parent company, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), we have conducted a pilot project using this methodology in West and Central Kalimantan and continues to roll out HCS assessments across its estate and supply chain.