Primary forests, Intact Forest Landscapes and forests harbouring any of the six categories of High Conservation Values are protected under the HCV Approach.
Sustainable Development Goal 15 – Life on Land
Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
is one of the main drivers of climate change.
is the main driver of deforestation
people directly depend on forests for their livelihoods.
of the World's land-based species live in forests.
commitments adopted by companies operating in fragmented landscapes in the humid tropics aim to protect HCVs alongside High Carbon Stock forests.
are lower in RSPO certified oil palm plantations than in non-certified plantations.
The FIA Tool
has helped smallholder plantation managers in Chile protect native biodiversity and temperate forests and achieve FSC certification across 25,000 hectares.
Deforestation and other land use changes are the second-largest contributors to climate change.
The main driver of deforestation is expanding agriculture – including commercial livestock, unsustainable planting of oil palm, soy, and other crops, but also encroachment and clearing by small farmers.
The HCV Approach supports forest conservation by identifying and protecting primary forests, Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) and forests harboring any of the six categories of High Conservation Values where development will or is already taking place.
Forest Integrity Assessment (FIA) tool
This simple and user-friendly tool developed by the HCV Network and WWF allows any person to assess and monitor biodiversity conditions in forests and forest remnants through simple checklists available for different forest types.
Users look for easily recognizable features like big trees, trees with epiphytes, nesting trees, and regenerating seedlings and saplings along 100-meter transects to come up with a score that can then be used to detect forest changes over time.
The Secretariat is looking to scale up use of this tool by developing an app to host FIA tool checklists on a global smartphone app. A first version for Southeast Asia lowland forests has been developed in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Lucey, Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford.
Our work with the High Carbon Stock Approach
The HCS Approach was developed in 2014 to support the implementation of No-Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) commitments by oil palm and pulp and paper plantation companies operating in fragmented landscapes in the humid tropics. The HCV and HCS Approaches can be jointly used to steer new plantations to degraded lands. The HCV Network has collaborated with the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Steering Group since 2014 to develop manuals, templates, and quality assurance procedures for HCV-HCSA assessments. A MOU was signed in 2020 to formalize this collaboration.
The Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber
Car tires, along with many other rubber products, are made from mixes of synthetic rubber and natural rubber sap tapped from living rubber trees. Globally, smallholders are responsible for 90% of rubber production. Market prices of natural rubber tend to be volatile, driving deforestation by farmers, many of which are smallholders, to plant more rubber trees in times of high prices.
As a founding member of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) and a member of its Executive Committee, the HCV Network supports implementation of policies related to safeguarding High Conservation Values and curbing deforestation.
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