High Conservation Values and Biodiversity

Identification, management and monitoring

Brazil (© FSC A.C.)© FSC A.C.FSC forest management standards include several requirements for the protection of environmental values and services from any negative impacts, and also for managing critically important forest areas, known as High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs).

Having High Conservation Value Forests does not mean that you have to turn everything into a conservation area. It is possible that you may still be able to harvest there but if so, you will need to take special precautions to avoid damaging the values that exist there. What you choose to do will depend on the critical values you identify, and the sort of forest management you already do.

As a smallholder, one could reasonably devote less time and resources to a HCVF assessment than larger operations because it is likely that your current activities are not affecting overall biodiversity or HCVs (but you need to check first!). If you are a group of smallholders, check in the briefing note to find out how HCVFs apply to you.

Download the briefing note below and learn more about identification, management and monitoring of High Conservation Values and Biodiversity.


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