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Invitation to Tender: To Develop HCV Probability Maps for Independent Smallholder (ISH) (2021)

RSPO is calling for expressions of interest for the Development of High Conservation Value (HCV) Probability Maps of the following countries:

  • Costa Rica,
  • Cameroon,
  • India,
  • Nigeria,
  • Peru, and
  • Uganda.

The probability maps produced from this work will feed into the RSPO HCV App for Independent Smallholder (ISH) groups [1]. The RSPO HCV app would enable the ISH group to:

  1. Use a risk-based assessment tool to address HCV assessment needs;
  2. Use the Precautionary Practices (PP) to maintain and/or enhance HCVs that have been identified; and
  3. Meet the RSPO requirements for new planting and to commit to no new planting are on HCVs areas [2]

Interested consultants are invited to submit their tender with a proposal for the development of these probability maps. The proposal must describe the proposed process in developing the probability maps, team members’ CVs and experts’ reviewer, schedule of works, and the proposed budget for the project (please outline the professional fee as well). 

Please submit your proposal to tender@rspo.org by 6.00pm MYT - 10 October 2021.

Only shortlisted consultants will be contacted. Should you have any queries you can address the queries to khing.suli@rspo.org or to smallholder@rspo.org.


[1] For the purpose of the RSPO New Planting Procedure (NPP) 2021 application by smallholders, the RSPO HCV tool is also applicable to scheme/organised smallholder groups and/or independent growers (growers without a mill) who are seeking certification against the RSPO P&C through group certification.

[2] The HCV app was previously developed to assist ISH groups in carrying out the HCV assessment for compliance towards the P&C 2013 HCV requirements. With the adoption of the RSPO ISH Standard 2019, the HCV app is currently being used as part of the interim measure while the Simplified Combined HCV-HCS Approach is being developed as per the requirement in the RSPO ISH Standard 2019