High-quality satellite imagery and powerful remote sensing software have become widely available tools for monitoring nature. Satellite imagery and remote sensing can support monitoring of High Conservation Value areas.

The HCV Network in collaboration with the World Resource Institute (WRI) and the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are exploring the use of Global Forest Watch Pro for monitoring HCV areas in RSPO-certified plantations. Within the scope of this project, the Network is converting maps from historic HCV assessments submitted to the RSPO New Plantings Procedure from .pdf file-format to .shp file-format. Maps are being uploaded to an account on Global Forest Watch Pro, and will be accessible to the HCV Network and RSPO Secretariats for testing and analysis. This project will provide insights on the technicalities of HCV area mapping and will serve as a stepping stone for long-term monitoring protocols for HCV areas in RSPO-certified plantations.

For more information about this project contact Olivia Scholtz at olivia@hcvnetwork.org