Sebastiaan De Smedt

Provisionally licensed assessor
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Licensed assessor since 16 April 2018

Assessor performance

0 assessments submitted. Performance not verified. Qualified to lead HCV and HCV-HCSA assessments.


I am a sustainability expert with experience in the responsible production of a variety of commodities (palm, timber, soy, cattle and cacao) and an excellent knowledge of the relevant certification schemes an legality requirements for these products. I have been involved in several HCV and High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) assessments, and hold license to conduct integrated HCV-HCSA assessments. On a regular basis I deliver HCV and HCSA training courses for practitioners as well as producers, both for the resource network as for private companies, and I have been involved in the development and updating of HCV and HCSA training materials and guidance. I have extensive experience of fieldwork in rainforest and semi-arid ecosystems in a large number of countries, mainly in Africa (DRC, Gabon, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, and Madagascar), but also in South America (Suriname, French Guyana) and South-East Asia (Malaysia). As a PhD I have a thorough understanding of experimental design for biodiversity inventory and tropical ecology. I am an experienced GIS-practitioner with an advanced knowledge of ArGIS Pro.


Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and amphibians, Botany, Forest ecology, Hydrology, Soils, Geology, Forestry, Carbon studies, Landscape ecology, Biodiversity conservation, Ecosystem services
, Stakeholder consultation, Participatory mapping, FPIC processes , GIS, Remote sensing, Land use change, Carbon mapping

Thematic scope

Land use planning, Habitat management/restoration
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS)
Timber and wood-based products, Oil palm, Soy, Rubber, Beef


Sub-Saharan Africa, Islands of Africa, South America
Cameroon, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the, Gabon, Madagascar, Suriname


Language Dutch (Native or bilingual proficiency)
Language English (Very good working proficiency)
Language French (Good working proficiency)
Language Spanish (Moderate working proficiency)
Language Portuguese (Limited working proficiency)