The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) adopted the High Conservation Value (HCV) approach in 2005 as a tool to reduce negative environmental and social impacts of oil palm plantation development.  As one of the key criteria of the RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C), RSPO grower members must ensure that they do not damage any primary forests, or any areas required to protect or enhance HCVs identified within and/or adjacent to their operation areas.
It is recognised that there are challenges to implementing a robust HCV management and monitoring plan, and these include technical challenges (including insufficient expertise and experience in conservation), practical challenges, economic challenges (e.g. resource allocation), collaboration challenges and social challenges. 
A 'practical' form of HCV management and monitoring recommendations within the oil palm landscape is needed, particularly for HCV management and monitoring plan implementors who do not necessarily have conservation background.
Therefore, the RSPO Biodiversity and High Conservation Value Working Group (BHCVWG) is calling for a systematic review on the potential tools that RSPO can adopt that would enable HCV implementors to implement practical management activities and monitor the effectiveness of the activities using a set of indicators and clear framework that is specific to the oil palm landscape.  The study may also include commentaries of gaps, where relevant, and propose recommendations to address the gaps.
The details of this tender are outlined in the Terms of Reference (ToR) which can be downloaded below.
If you are interested in conducting this study, please submit your research proposal to [email protected].  This tender announcement will close on 25 July 2019 at 6:00 p.m. (MYT).
Should you encounter any problems or if you have any enquiries relating to this tender, please contact [email protected].

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