HCV Network's Executive Director participated in a one-day workshop on High Conservation Values which took place on May 7th, in Quito, Ecuador

The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador, UNDP and the RSPO Latin America office. Ecuador’s Ministry of Agriculture reactivated its Jurisdictional RSPO Certification plan in March 2018.Ecuador’s jurisdictional plan aims to certify entire provinces rather than focus certification efforts on individual companies and plantations, which has tended to be the norm in other parts of the world. Jurisdictional RSPO is also seen as a way to help the country’s palm oil sector gain better access to world markets, which are increasingly requiring sustainability certification for their products.The workshop gathered stakeholders from the public, civil society and private sectors with the objective of improving understanding on implementation of the HCV approach and HCV assessment requirements in RSPO. The HCV Network recently started engaging with GIZ to discuss the development of a jurisdictional and landscape level guidance for HCV identification globally. Experiences in Ecuador will may be featured in this global guidance document which is expected to be published in 2019.