We consider biodiversity amongst our priorities because many EHP plantations are located near natural and protected forests which are natural habitats for endangered, rare and threatened species where these areas are considered to have High Conservation Value (HCV). EHP is committed to the identification and assessment of HCV and High Carbon Stock (HCS) in our operational areas. An example of an HCV assessment executive summary undertaken prior to 2015 can be found here. Since after 2015, EHP has conducted HCV and HCS assessments which have been carried out by ALS licensed assessors. This commitment is also a part of the Company’s commitment as an RSPO member and applicable to all third-party suppliers, as mentioned in the Company’s Sustainability Policy.
From the identification of protected areas carried out by EHP through operational location mapping using a High Conservation Value (HCV) research study, we identified that 12.77% of the Company’s operational areas are considered as protected areas. EHP applies specific HCV management, including area size and time frame using satellite and drone imagery. In addition, the Company uses the results of spatial data processing based on Geographic Information System (GIS) to review and identify changes in land use, especially in HCV areas.