WHAT WE DO

  • 1.

    Promote the HCV Approach as a tool for responsible development

    Growing demand for land is pressuring communities, ecosystems and biodiversity. The HCV Approach helps avoid detrimental effects on people and nature by identifying, managing and monitoring critically important natural and social features in production landscapes.

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  • 2.

    Achieve consistent application of the HCV Approach

    Inadequate application of the HCV Approach can put ecosystems, biodiversity, indigenous groups and local communities at risk. The HCV Network provides solutions for application of the HCV Approach in high, elevated and low risk contexts in oil palm, cotton, and other sectors. For high-risk contexts the HCV Network offers quality assurance via its Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS).

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  • 3.

    Bring HCV users together

    Protecting High Conservation Values (HCVs) is challenging but it is possible if stakeholders work together. The Network provides a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration across sectors and countries. 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 up to landscapes

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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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New guidance for scaling-up the High Conservation Value approach

Scaling up to landscapes

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OUR DONORS

We would like to thank our donors for their help in strengthening the HCV Network Secretariat and supporting project implementation. Some of our donors include:

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