RSPO Biodiversity & High Conservation Values Working Group (BHCVWG) 

The RSPO BHCVWG is calling for representation from the following stakeholder groups.

  1. Environmental Non-profit organisation (ENGO)
  2. Social Non-profit Organisation (SNGO)

The BHCVWG will oversee efforts to reach the following overarching objectives or strategically important tasks:

  • Identify biodiversity and ecosystem services, including related social and cultural values impacted by the production, processing, procurement and use of sustainable palm oil products.
  • Support the development of new or revised “practical sustainability standards” that address biodiversity, ecosystem services and social and cultural values on plantation landscapes.
  • Provide technical input for the elaboration of pragmatic guidelines to support the application of the above “practical sustainability standards,” particularly at critical stages in the development of new plantations.
  • Support the RSPO in the application of the HCV framework by screening, reviewing and improving the assessment process.
  • Provide technical advice to the RSPO Secretariat upon request.

The next meeting will be held from 19 -22 August 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If you would like to join the working group (WG) or have questions related to the WG, kindly contact Ms Soo Chin ([email protected]) for further information. The terms of reference can be downloaded here. The call for participation closes on 31st May 2014.

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