The Remediation and Compensation Procedure (RaCP) was endorsed by the Board of Governors on 16th November 2015. At the time of endorsement, the following Annexes were still in preparation:
- Annex 3: LUCA Guidance
- Annex 4: Land Use Cover Reporting Checklist
- Annex 9: Monitoring Report Template
While Annex 9 is still being developed, the Biodiversity and High Conservation Value Working Group (BHCVWG) has completed Annex 3 and Annex 4. These Annexes serve as guidance documents to conduct the LUCA required under the RaCP.
Each Annex is made up of two parts:
- Annex 3: LUCA Guidance Document
- Annex 3a: LUCA Reporting Template
- Annex 4: LUCA Reporting Checklist Table
- Annex 4a: Land Cover Interpretation Examples
You can download both Annexes from the Supplementary Materials page. The LUCA Guidance document (Annex 3 and Annex 4) will enter into force on 13 September 2017. All grower members are given a 3-month transition period to conduct LUCA based on the Annexes.
What does this mean for growers ?
a) Ongoing LUCAs
Growers who are currently undergoing the LUCA process using the previous guidance do not need to use Annex 3 and Annex 4.
b) New LUCAs within the transition period (13 September – 13 December 2017)
Growers can choose to conduct the LUCA based on the previous guidance, or adopt the LUCA guidance (Annex 3 and Annex 4).
c) New LUCAs after 13 December 2017
Beginning 14 December 2017, the use of Annex 3 and Annex 4 is mandatory and the previous guidance will be deemed obsolete.