The HCV Approach is a unique three-step methodology that helps protect HCVs where development will take place. It is referenced as a tool for achieving several UN Sustainable Development Goals, for achieving certification by voluntary sustainability schemes, for meeting corporate sustainability commitments, and as a mechanism to ensure responsible investments in forestry and agriculture globally.
HCV or HCV-HCSA Assessments
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Completing and passing an HCV Assessor Training Course imparted by an ALS-registered Training Organisation is mandatory for all applicants. HCV Assessor Training Courses aim to ensure that applicants understand ALS rules and assessment best practices before applying for a licence. Who can provide training? HCV Assessor Training Courses can only be imparted by organisations registered with the ALS […]Keep reading
The Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) is run by the High Conservation Value Network (HCVN) Secretariat with oversight from the HCVN Management Committee. It was created in 2014 to assure the competency of HCV assessors and the quality of assessment reports by issuing licences to qualified assessors to lead HCV and/or HCV-HCSA assessments, providing guidance and […]Keep reading
The recent uptake of landscape and jurisdictional initiatives has increased the interest of companies, governments and multilateral institutions in applying the High Conservation Value (HCV) approach at larger scales. This would help guide land use planning, sustainable sourcing initiatives, legislative and regulatory measures, etc. The HCV Network published the first HCV Screening Guidance for HCVs […]Keep reading
A new programme from the HCV Network empowers small farmers to embed ecosystem and biodiversity protection in their work Tropical deforestation is usually associated with images of bulldozers making their way through large swathes of forests for large-scale plantations by big agribusinesses. Yet smallholders and small and medium enterprises also put pressure on forests by […]Keep reading