A good practice guide for identifying HCVs across different ecosystems and production systems developed by the HCVRN.

This document is intended primarily for HCV assessors, resource managers, and auditors. It provides guidance on the interpretation of the HCV definitions and their identification in practice, to achieve standardization in use of the HCV approach. The document can also help developers of HCV national interpretations (HCV NIs) by providing a reference against which to adapt definitions, data sources and examples to national contexts. It is also useful for stakeholders who wish to evaluate or critique HCV assessments as part of a stakeholder consultation process or for the good governance of a certification scheme.

Note: This document was first published in October 2013. After FSC updated the HCV 2 definition in their Standard to include Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL), HCVRN updated this guidance document in September 2017 to align with FSC’s inclusion of IFLs in the definition of HCV 2.

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