WHAT WE DO

  • 1.

    Promote the HCV Approach as a tool for responsible land development

    Globally, growing demand for agricultural land is pressuring communities, ecosystems and biodiversity. The HCV Approach can help avoid detrimental effects on people and nature by identifying, managing and monitoring critically important natural and social features in production landscapes. To achieve this, the Network promotes the use of the HCV approach, a practical tool created to identify, manage and monitor critically important environmental and social values in production landscapes.

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    Achieve consistent implementation of the HCV Approach

    Inadequate application of the HCV Approach can put biodiversity and local communities at risk. To achieve consistent implmentation of the methodology the HCV Network issues licences for HCV assessors (professionals responsible for the identification of HCVs on the ground), produces normative guidance for them, and evaluates the quality of their HCV or HCV-HCSA assessments.

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    Bring HCV users together

    Protecting High Conservation Values is challenging but it is possible if stakeholders work together. The HCV Network provides a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration across sectors and countries. For example, through the HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme, the Network connects HCV assessors with organisations looking to implement the HCV Approach on the ground. By bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, the HCV Approach is also improved and refined over time.

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OUR HISTORY

The HCV Network was created in 2005 by a group of organisations and individuals that were committed to the identification and protection of HCVs. It was initially funded through WWF agreements with Ikea, Tetra Pak and the World Bank, with substantial contributions from Proforest, Mondi, Forest Peoples Programme, ITTO, Flora & Fauna International, the Fox Foundation, Solidaridad and UNEP-WCMC. From 2005 to 2015, the Network's Secretariat was hosted by Proforest.

From 2005 to 2014, the Network was governed by a Steering Group composed of important environmental and social NGOs, private sector representatives, and multilateral organisations.

The first 'HCV toolkit' was published by Proforest.

The HCV Network was created by a wide range of organizations.

The Steering Group approved a new membership and governance structure for the Network and agreed to oversee activities until a new Management Committee was elected.

The Common Guidance for HCV Identification was published.

The first Management Committee composed of six Members was elected to govern from 2014-2016.

The HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme was launched.

From 2005 to 2015 Proforest hosted the Network's Secretariat.

In July, HCV Network Ltd, a UK-registered non-profit company, was created to host the Network's Secretariat.

A new Management Committee composed of nine members was elected to govern from 2017-2020

The first 'HCV toolkit' was published by Proforest.

The HCV Network was created by a wide range of organizations.

The Steering Group approved a new membership and governance structure for the Network and agreed to oversee activities until a new Management Committee was elected.

The Common Guidance for HCV Identification was published.

The first Management Committee composed of six Members was elected to govern from 2014-2016.

The HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme was launched.

From 2005 to 2015 Proforest hosted the Network's Secretariat.

In July, HCV Network Ltd, a UK-registered non-profit company, was created to host the Network's Secretariat.

A new Management Committee composed of nine members was elected to govern from 2017-2020

OUR WORK

In partnership with sustainability standards and the for-profit and non-profit sectors, the HCV Network implements projects to ensure that HCVs are identified and protected at a landscape, plantation and smallholder scales. Learn more about some of our projects below. See all projects »

HCV-HCSA Assessments

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Mapping HCV areas

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A simplified approach to HCV

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Scaling it up

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Our ongoing collaboration with the High Carbon Stock Approach

HCV-HCSA Assessments

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Mapping HCV areas and concession boundaries on GFW Pro

Mapping HCV areas

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Developing risk-based procedures for HCV identification

A simplified approach to HCV

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Developing guidelines for applying the HCV Approach at jurisdictional and landscape scales

Scaling it up

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OUR DONORS

Your donation will support the Network's efforts to identify and protect the most important natural and social features in areas where agriculture is rapidly expanding. Donate today!

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