We protect people and nature
For twenty years, our methodology has identified and protected nature and the livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities from the impacts of land-use change.
What we do
Protecting 30% of the planet by 2030 requires balancing social, economic, and environmental agendas in production landscapes. Our unique methodology supports land-use planning by identifying High Conservation Values that may be at risk from land-use change, guiding responsible development, defining what protection could mean in those contexts, and motivating producers to become drivers of local actions for protecting nature.
We help users identify, manage and monitor High Conservation Values (HCVs) in current or potential future development sites. Our tools are globally applicable, work across a wide range of scales (landscapes or jurisdictions, farms, plantations, management units, smallholdings), ecosystems (from forests to grasslands and aquatic systems) and productive systems (agriculture, forestry, aquaculture, other).
Bring users together
Our Network brings together the world's most influential NGOs, producers, supply chain companies, technical service providers and voluntary sustainability standards. Through knowledge exchange and collaboration our Members act as stewards of our methodology, and ensure it is robustly applied globally.
EditorialForests18 May 2022
The social and cultural role of nature for local communities, São Tomé IslandRead More
EventsLearning04 May 2022
Upcoming HCV-HCSA online course for producersRead More
NewsForests29 April 2022
HCSA has a new Restoration and Remediation GuidanceRead More
EventsLearning21 April 2022
Upcoming HCV-HCSA Assessor Training Course (May 2022)Read More
Case StudiesLandscapes & Jurisdictions29 March 2022
HCV Screening Case Study: Rio Doce Watershed (Brazil)Read More
Case StudiesLandscapes & Jurisdictions18 March 2022
HCV-HCS Screening Case Study: Kapuas Hulu District (Indonesia)Read More
The Network is always looking for partners who are interested in supporting our work, for talented professionals who can join the growing Secretariat team, and for professionals who can lead assessments globally.Get Involved