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Alejandra Bolanos

1. Evidence may be scarce considering the antiquity which areas of native vegetation were converted into agricultural areas and, one important problem, the fact of in remote forest areas, formal documentation of land rights will often be lacking, which makes the participatory mapping a key factor, enable to identify sites that are important to the community.
In preparation for the audit, the auditor can carry out some research and look for information such as newspaper articles and reports related to the area to be audited. At the time of the event, the auditees could present evidence like statements from the community, testifying the existence and respect of the Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) procedures and that no land was used for agricultural, industrial or other commercial purposes, after 2008.

2. It is important to prepare for the audit, to conduct research and seek information about the region and the community where the unit is located, in order to learn about its history, culture, religion and traditions.
As the availability of information is limited, I believe that the best source of information will be interviews with the community.

3. Based on HCV concept, the High Carbon Stock (HCS) approach stratifies the vegetation in an area of land into six different classes using analyses of satellite data and ground survey measurements. These six classes are: High Density Forest, Medium Density Forest, Low Density Forest, Young Regenerating Forest, Scrub, and Cleared / Open Land. The first four classes should be protected and preserved because of the amount of carbon and biodiversity stored within and for been critical for millions of indigenous and local peoples who depend on forests for their livelihoods. The two last classes could be used for agricultural production.
ProTerra auditor must request for evidence that proves that those areas are effectively being conserved and continue to be monitored