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Call for Independent Consultant to review the RSPO HCV Approach for Smallholders and the HCSA’s Approach on HCS for Smallholders

The RSPO is in the process of developing a new standard for Independent Smallholders (ISH) – the RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard (RISS). The development of this standard is related to the objective of the RSPO smallholder strategy to promote inclusion into the RSPO system, whilst upholding the sustainability requirements, including the protection of forests and stopping deforestation.

As such, The RISS includes specific Principles, Criteria and Indicators for ISH, in relation to the protection of High Conservation Values (HCVs) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests.

The RSPO had previously developed a simplified tool for ISH to identify, manage and protect HCVs, for ISH to meet the requirements of the RSPO P&C 2013. 

With the adoption of the RSPO P&C 2018 and the inclusion of HCS as part of its indicators and definition to no deforestation, the current simplified HCV tool for ISH will need to be updated to also include HCS forest protection.

In order to meet the objective of smallholder inclusion and protection of HCS forests, the RSPO would like to develop a simplified combined HCV-HCS approach and toolkit that independent smallholders can use to meet the RISS requirements. 

To start this process of developing a combined HCV-HCS approach and toolkit, the RSPO wants to build on the existing simplified RSPO HCV tool for independent smallholders.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Secretariat invites interested and prospective individuals for the role as an Independent consultant to review the RSPO HCV approach for Smallholders and the HCSA’s approach on HCS for smallholders.

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 review, please submit your proposal to tender@rspo.org  

This tender announcement will close on 15 October 2019 at 6:00 p.m. (MYT).

Should you have any enquiries relating to this tender, please contact ashwin@rspo.org