High Carbon Stock (HCS) Assessment
Project Title: High Carbon Stock Assessment for the Natural Habitats Palm Oil Project Location: Sierra Leone Client: Natural Habitats Date: March – April 2017
Montrose was contracted by Natural Habitats to conduct a High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessment as part of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification in Sierra Leone.
Natural Habitats is registered in Sierra Leone, and is part of Natural Habitats Group. The Group has a longstanding track record of producing organic agro-products in South America from where products are transported to Europe and the United States of America (USA). The Natural Habitats Group is fully committed to the sustainable production of organic and fairly-traded products.
The Natural Habitats Sierra Leone project involves the following key aspects:
- Palm oil nursery development with associated infrastructure;
- Palm oil plantation development; and
- Palm oil mill (POM) installation and operation.
Montrose Environmental was commissioned by Natural Habitats to conduct a High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessment as part of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification. The HCS assessment will assist Natural Habitats to understand the carbon stock present in the concession, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to work with communities in protecting and conserving viable remnant natural forest patches in the concession, and to fulfil the ‘no deforestation’ requirement as a part of the company’s commitment to sustainable palm oil production.
The project was located on the south-eastern border between Sierra Leone and Liberia, adjacent to the Gola Rainforest. The Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP) serves as a critical biodiversity resource for Sierra Leone and Liberia, conserving numerous endemic and Red Data fauna and floral species and supporting exceptional biodiversity.