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  • Document Title

    White Paper: HCV Screening for Sustainable Land Use

    This white paper was produced as part of the HCV Network’s session on HCV Screening for Sustainable Land Use: Prioritizing Conservation and Livelihoods in Production Landscapes at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Climate Hybrid Conference on November 6, 2021.

    Document Type

    Working Papers

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Toolkit of HCV process for SLIMFs in Cameroon (2008)

    Draft 1 of a toolkit aimed at setting up standards and processes for monitoring and managing High Conservation Values in Cameroon’s Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Cameroon

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  • Document Title

    Terms and Conditions for the HCV Network Assessor Licensing Scheme (2019)

    These Terms and Conditions govern the terms in relation to a Licensee’s application for an assessor licence as well as the terms in relation to the use by a Licensee (who has been granted the Assessor Licence or Provisional Assessor Licence) of the licence when providing Assessor Licensed Services to its clients.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

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    Global

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  • Document Title

    Terms and Conditions for ALS Quality Panel Members (2019)

    These Terms and Conditions govern the terms in relation to the evaluation of HCV and HCV-HCSA assessment reports by Members of the Assessor Licensing Scheme Quality Panel.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Recommendations to improve Identification, Management and Monitoring of HCV 5 & 6 (2014)

    This report summarizes the findings of a multi-stakeholder workshop in Accra, Ghana, aimed at identifying challenges and recommendations for improving the identification, management and monitoring of High Conservation Values 5 & 6.

    Document Type

    Working Papers

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Procedure for resolving HCSA-related queries during HCV-HCSA assessment report evaluations (2021)

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Procedure for Combined HCV or HCV-HCSA assessments reports (2020)

    This pilot procedure went into effect on 27 December 2019. This procedure will apply to any assessment initiated after this cut-off date. Upon publication of this document, any reports submitted to ALS which contain more than one AOI, and/or multiple development areas will be evaluated according to the longer timeframes published in this procedure. Assessors will be requested to register their on-going or recently completed assessments which started before the cut-off date for this procedure.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Membership Leaflet

    Is your organization interested in becoming a Member of the HCV Network? This leaflet explains the categories, fees and process for joining.

    Document Type

    Governance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Member Terms & Conditions

    This document explains the Terms & Conditions that are followed by Member organizations when joining the HCV Network.

    Document Type

    Governance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Management Committee Terms of Reference (2021)

    The Management Committee (MC) governs the HCV Network in three-year periods. The Management Committee Terms of Reference describe how the MC is appointed and how it operates.

    Document Type

    Governance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Malaysia National Interpretation for Identification of HCVs (2018)

    Published in 2018. National Guidelines for identifying HCVs in Malaysia.  This document supersedes the High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) Toolkit for Malaysia published by WWF-Malaysia in 2009.

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Organisation

    Proforest

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Malaysia

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  • Document Title

    Malaysia National Interpretation for Management and Monitoring of HCVs (2022)

    New Guidance for Management and Monitoring of High Conservation Values in Malaysia

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Date of Publication

    14/01/2022

    Country

    Malaysia

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  • Document Title

    List of public Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) documents (2022)

    This is a list of all public ALS documents, including their type and languages.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    08/02/2022

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Internal investigations (2020)

    Internal investigations allow the HCV Network (HCVN) Management Committee (MC) to address potential non-compliances by Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) participants.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Independent review of the Assessor Licensing Scheme (2021)

    This rapid review took place between April 7th – 30th 2021 and is based on a survey, key stakeholder interviews and an analysis of organizational documents. The main stakeholders involved in the review included: Licensed Assessors, Quality Panel Members, partner organisations, and HCVN Secretariat staff.

    Results show that overall, the ALS has delivered on its objective of improving the competency of Licensed Assessors and the quality of HCV and HCV-HCSA assessment reports. However, there is room for improvement especially in terms of consistency, timeliness, transparency and learning.

    Document Type

    Working Papers

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Identifying responsible cultivation areas in Mozambique

    Guidance for indirect impact assessments on ‘unused land’ and input for developing a certification module for Low Indirect Impact Biofuels for the RES-D.

    Document Type

    Working Papers

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Mozambique

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  • Document Title

    Identificación de Bosques de Alto Valor de Conservación Dentro del Consolidado Otorongo, Puerto Maldonado – Perú (2010)

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    10/01/2022

    Country

    Peru

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  • Document Title

    History of changes to the Assessor Licensing Scheme (2021)

    The Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) was launched in November 2014. Since that time, the scheme has undergone periodic reviews. This document summarizes important changes to the ALS over time.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    HCV-HCSA Assessor Training Course Syllabus (2021)

    Successful completion of a High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessor Training Course and High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Registered Practitioner Course are part of the requirements to become licensed under the HCV Network (HCVN) Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) and lead integrated HCV-HCSA Assessments. This training course counts both as the HCV Assessor Training Course and the HCSA Registered Practitioner course. The course aims to ensure that prospective licensed assessors obtain an adequate level of understanding of ALS procedures and good practice needed to competently lead an integrated HCV-HCSA assessment.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    HCV-HCSA Assessor Training Course (May 2022)

    The course aims to ensure that prospective licensed assessors obtain an adequate level of understanding of Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) procedures and good practice needed to competently lead an integrated HCV-HCSA assessment. Participants will learn about the High
    Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approaches and their joint use in practice.

    Document Type

    Leaflets

    Date of Publication

    21/04/2022

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    HCV-HCSA assessment report template with guidance (2018)

    This document provides guidance for preparing an HCV-HCSA assessment report. It explains what is required for different sections of the report. To be used alongside the word version of the HCV-HCSA assessment report template.

    Document Type

    Templates

    Date of Publication

    05/01/2022

    Country

    Global

  • Document Title

    HCV-HCSA assessment report template (2018)

    Document Type

    Templates

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    HCV-HCSA Assessment Manual (2017)

    This manual is the official reference document for HCV-HCSA assessments. It is primarily targeted at guiding assessment teams through the HCV-HCSA assessment process. However, the manual is also useful for Organizations commissioning HCV-HCSA assessments and other stakeholders interested in the technical aspects of the assessment
    process and the details of HCVRN ALS quality control.

    Document Type

    Manuals

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

  • Document Title

    HCV Threat Monitoring Protocol (2013)

    This HCV Threat Monitoring Protocol was designed and field trialed by The Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) Biodiversity and Palm Oil Project in Indonesia to standardize the monitoring of anthropogenic threats to High Conservation Value (HCV) areas within oil palm landscapes.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Organisation

    Zoological Society of London

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

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  • Document Title

    HCV Support Document for Canada (2005)

    This document has two parts: an introductory section discusses overarching topics applicable to all or most of the High Conservation Value forest assessment process. The remainder of the document is arranged by the 6 HCV categories (as defined in the original 2003 toolkit) and 19 questions established in Appendix 5 of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Canada National Boreal Standard; High Conservation Value Forest National Framework.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Canada

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  • Document Title

    HCV Screening Guide

    HCV Screening: Guidance for identifying and prioritising action for HCVs in jurisdictional and landscape settings 

    This document describes a methodology called High Conservation Value (HCV) screening. HCV screening is a desktop exercise that uses the six HCV definitions to characterize the environmental and social aspects of a landscape or jurisdiction. Screening considers: the likelihood that HCVs are present, identifies threats to those HCVs and indicates which values are most at risk. This guidance was first published in April 2019. In 2020 the guidance was updated to incorporate learning and experience from HCVN-coordinated screenings and inputs from other practitioners. HCV screening teams are the primary audience for the document, but it should also be informative for stakeholders involved in screening processes and for those involved in the wider project or initiative in which a screening is being conducted (e.g. government technical staff, NGOs, donors and investors).

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

  • Document Title

    HCV Screening Course Leaflet

    Learn about our self-paced online course: Introduction to HCV Screening

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

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  • Document Title

    HCV Screening – Summary

    This is a 4-page overview to explain what HCV Screening is and how it is used in practice.

    Document Type

    Working Papers

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    HCV Report Template Training

    This document is intended to be used by Registered Training Providers (RTPs) for training purposes only.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    17/11/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    HCV Network Charter

    Document Type

    Governance

    Country

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  • Document Title

    HCV National Interpretation for the Democratic Republic of Congo (2012)

    This document summarizes the discussions of the National Interpretation Workshop for High Conservation Value forests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which took place in Kinshasa in February 2012. The workshop was organized by WWF-RDC and facilitated by Proforest.

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Organisation

    WWF

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Congo (D.R)

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  • Document Title

    HCV National Interpretation for Malaysia (2009)

    Published in 2009. A national guide for identifying, managing and monitoring High Conservation Value forests in Malaysia.

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Malaysia

  • Document Title

    HCV National Interpretation for Liberia (2012)

    This document presents the results of a national workshop held in Monrovia in July 2012 to develop an National Interpretation of High Conservation Values for Liberia.

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Organisation

    Proforest

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Liberia

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  • Document Title

    HCV National Interpretation for Indonesia (2008)

    Panduan ini dimaksudkan sebagai suatu protokol standar dalam melakukan penilaian NKT yang dapat menjamin mutu, transparansi, dan integritas aplikasinya di Indonesia. Hal ini dilakukan terutama dengan menjelaskan tahap-tahap yang disyaratkan oleh proses penilaian NKT secara lebih jelas dan rinci, mendefinisikan hak dan kewajiban para pihak terkait, serta menyediakan Panduan dalam mengumpulkan data dan informasi yang memenuhi standar minimum rentang waktu dan mutu. Panduan ini ditulis dalam suatu bentuk yang generik agar dapat diterapkan dalam berbagai sektor, termasuk sektor pengusahaan kayu konvensional, perkebunan kelapa sawit ataupun tanaman industri (pulp), pertambangan dan tataguna lahan.

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Indonesia

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  • Document Title

    HCV National Interpretation for Ghana (2006)

    Published 2006. Interpretation of the concept of High Conservation Value forest, as outlined in the outdated High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) Toolkit.

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Organisation

    WWF

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Ghana

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  • Document Title

    HCV National Interpretation for Gabon (2008)

    Published in 2008. Interpretation of the concept of High Conservation Value (HCV) as defined by the High Conservation Value forest Toolkit for Gabon.

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Organisation

    Proforest

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Gabon

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  • Document Title

    HCV National Interpretation for China (2008)

    A guidance document for forest managers.

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    China

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  • Document Title

    HCV National Interpretation for Cameroon (2016)

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Date of Publication

    01/01/2016

    Country

    Cameroon

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  • Document Title

    HCV National Interpretation for Bulgaria (2005)

    The toolkit interprets High Conservation Values (HCV) identified in the FSC’s forest management Principle 9 within the context of Bulgarian conditions and has created specific HCVs appropriate within the country.

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Bulgaria

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  • Document Title

    HCV National Interpretation for Bolivia (2004)

    Guide for assessors and land managers to identify High Conservation Value forests (as defined in the HCV toolkit 2003) in Bolivia.

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Bolivia

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  • Document Title

    HCV Management and Monitoring in RSPO-certified plantations (2017)

    This study, commissioned by the RSPO Biodiversity and High Conservation Value Working Group (BHCV WG), investigated the challenges to effective management and monitoring of HCVs in RSPO-certified oil palm plantations and provides preliminary recommendations for addressing these challenges.

    Document Type

    Working Papers

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    HCV HCSA Report Template Training

    This document is intended to be used by Registered Training Providers (RTPs) for training purposes only.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    17/11/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    HCV Assessor Training Course Syllabus (2021)

    Successful completion of a High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessor Training Course is part of the requirements to become licensed under the Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS), and lead HCV Assessments. The course aims to ensure that prospective licensed assessors obtain an adequate level of understanding of ALS procedures and good practice needed to competently lead an HCV assessment.
    This syllabus presents the minimum content requirements that Registered Training Providers (RTPs) must follow to develop and deliver an HCV Assessor Training Course that meets ALS requirements.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    HCV assessment report template with guidance (2019)

    This document provides detailed guidance for preparing an HCV assessment report according to Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) requirements. It explains what is required for different sections of the report so that you know what the ALS Quality Panel will be evaluating.

    Document Type

    Templates

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

  • Document Title

    HCV assessment report template (2019)

    Document Type

    Templates

    Country

    Global

  • Document Title

    HCV Assessment Manual (2021)

    The first edition of the HCV Assessment Manual was published in 2014, with the launch of the ALS. Since then, we have all (assessors, Quality Panel members, ALS staff) gained experience on how report evaluation works in practice. Building on this experience and the fact that in December 2018, the HCV Network launched a new website and ALS web platform for report evaluation – it was necessary to update the manual and templates.


    As a reminder, in October 2018, we shared a draft version of this manual for comments, which were received and addressed.


    In September 2021 we updated this document to reflect changes to the publication of public summaries.
    We intend to work on further improvements to this manual as it is used in practice. Upon publication of this manual and the accompanying reporting templates (HCV assessment report template), any HCV assessments beginning after the publication of the new documents, must use the new manual and templates.

    Document Type

    Manuals

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    HCV and FSC Principle 9 Guidelines for Chile (2014)

    The guidelines have been prepared through public consultations, workshops, bibliographic review, seminars and contributions received from specialists, Interested Parties (IP) and the Technical Committee of the Forest Stewardship Council-Chile, and are intended for HCV evaluators in charge of forest management. , auditors and PI. They provide a conceptual and practical guide to working on HCVs and standardize the use of the HCV approach.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Chile

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  • Document Title

    Handbook for conserving HCV species and habitats within oil palm landscapes (2018)

    This handbook provides practitioners responsible for conserving HCVs within oil palm landscapes with the necessary knowledge, understanding and practical examples of how this can be achieved.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Organisation

    Zoological Society of London

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Guide for HCV National Interpretations (2019)

     

    Document Type

    National Interpretation

    Country

    Global

  • Document Title

    Good practice guide to meeting FSC certification requirements for biodiversity and HCV forests in Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests (2009)

    Good practice guide to meeting Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification requirements for biodiversity and High Conservation Value Forests in Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests

    This is a guide to help managers and owners of small-scale and low intensity forest operations maintain or improve the management of biodiversity and High Conservation Values (HCVs) within their forests. This guide is not designed to replace management plans – but to strengthen them. It is designed to help them meet FSC certification requirements for biodiversity and HCV conservation through the process of identification, management and monitoring.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

  • Document Title

    General guidance for Quality Panel evaluation of assessment reports (2020)

    Valid for HCV assessment reports following 2019 manual and HCV-HCSA assessments following 2017 manual

    This document is for use by Quality Panel (QP) members (external consultants or HCVN ALS staff) for evaluation of HCV and HCV-HCSA assessment reports and supporting documents (referred to as the report package).

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Forest Integrity Assessment Tool (FIAT) Manual

    A simple and user-friendly tool for assessing and monitoring biodiversity conditions in forests and forest remnants developed by the HCVRN with support from WWF.

    Document Type

    Manuals

    Organisation

    WWF

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

  • Document Title

    Forest dynamics – nature as template for forest conservation and management (2016)

    Natural forest dynamics and regeneration patterns are molded by natural disturbance regimes. These determine fundamental characteristics like forest structure, tree species composition and patterns of forest succession over time. Over the last decades, foresters have begun to take account of such regimes, and to some extent emulate their outcomes, as exemplified by various retention practices in the boreal and low impact logging in the tropics. However, even so nature is underused as model. This briefing paper focuses on how basic concepts of forest dynamics can inform conservation planning and help maintain High Conservation Values (HCVs).

    Document Type

    Working Papers

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    FIA Tool – Greater Mekong evergreen forest checklist

    Field form with sets of yes/no scoring questions which guide and standardize assessments in evergreen forests from the Greater Mekong region, adding up to a numerical value of forest integrity. Some questions address biodiversity directly (e.g. presence of trees with epiphytes), others serve as indicators of natural conditions or low human pressure (e.g. presence of very large trees and presence of trees of high commercial value). Recent field forms divide scoring questions into two sections: Structure and Composition, and Impacts and Threats.

    Document Type

    Checklists

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

  • Document Title

    FIA Tool – Greater Mekong dry and deciduous forest checklist

    Field form with sets of yes/no scoring questions which guide and standardize assessments in dry and deciduous forests from the Greater Mekong region, adding up to a numerical value of forest integrity. Some questions address biodiversity directly (e.g. presence of trees with epiphytes), others serve as indicators of natural conditions or low human pressure (e.g. presence of very large trees and presence of trees of high commercial value). Recent field forms divide scoring questions into two sections: Structure and Composition, and Impacts and Threats.

    Document Type

    Checklists

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam

  • Document Title

    FIA Tool – Generic checklist for Scandinavia

    Field form with sets of yes/no scoring questions which guide and standardize assessments in Scandinavian forests, adding up to a numerical value of forest integrity. Some questions address biodiversity directly (e.g. presence of trees with epiphytes), others serve as indicators of natural conditions or low human pressure (e.g. presence of very large trees and presence of trees of high commercial value). Recent field forms divide scoring questions into two sections: Structure and Composition, and Impacts and Threats.

    Document Type

    Checklists

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

  • Document Title

    FIA Tool – Checklist for tropical rainforests in the Darién region

    Field form with sets of yes/no scoring questions which guide and standardize assessments in tropical rainforests in the Darién region, adding up to a numerical value of forest integrity. Some questions address biodiversity directly (e.g. presence of trees with epiphytes), others serve as indicators of natural conditions or low human pressure (e.g. presence of very large trees and presence of trees of high commercial value). Recent field forms divide scoring questions into two sections: Structure and Composition, and Impacts and Threats.

    Document Type

    Checklists

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

  • Document Title

    Development and update of ALS controlled documents procedure (2022)

    This procedure defines the responsibilities and methods for development, revision, control, and release of ALS controlled documents.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    04/02/2022

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Coupling HCS and HCV Approaches to protect forests, biodiversity and livelihoods (2020)

    The High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) Approaches, can be used together to identify areas important for conservation and livelihoods – and to support no deforestation commitments. This briefing note provides an overview of the two approaches and how they can be complementary, allowing companies and other stakeholders to agree where commodity production, conservation and community lands should be most appropriately and responsibly allocated.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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  • Document Title

    Common Guidance for the Management and Monitoring of HCV

    A good practice guide for the adaptive management of HCVs developed by the HCV Network. This document provides general guidance for the management and monitoring of HCVs. It builds on earlier guidance documents produced by Proforest (2008 a and b), a working paper by Timothy Synnott (2012), and on consultation with HCV experts and interested stakeholders.

    The primary audiences for this document are resource managers and HCV assessors. Conformity Assessment Bodies (certification bodies) and auditors could also find the guidance useful. However, this document is not intended to be directly audited against (such as a standard would be), but rather it is a guidance document, which provides good practice recommendations.

    Document Type

    Tools & Guidance

    Date of Publication

    30/12/2021

    Country

    Global

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