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High Conservation Value Manager’s Guide (FSC-GUI-30-009 V1-0)


Title: High conservation value (HCV) manager’s guide
Code: FSC-GUI-30-009 V1-0
Type: Guideline
Coordinator: Diana Franco Gil
Start Date: 3 May 2016
Purpose: This guide is written for forest managers and aims to clarify the specific
requirements for the identification, management planning, operations, monitoring, and restoration of HCVs in FSC-certified forests. In addition, the guide clarifies how HCVs can best be maintained consistent with a number of recent changes in the FSC system
Objective(s): The objectives of this guideline are to describe how forest managers of FSC-certified organizations should:
  • assess the presence of each HCV
  • engage with Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and other stakeholders
  • develop and implement strategies and action plans for maintaining, enhancing, and restoring HCVs
  • ensure consistency with the requirements of Motion 65 (2014) to identify intact forest landscapes and protect core areas
  • monitor the impacts of forest operations on HCVs
  • ensure that these strategies and monitoring are consistent with a risk-based approach
  • consider how payment for ecosystem services aligns with the protection of HCVs.
Working Group: Seven technical experts comprise the high conservation values technical working group
  • Cynthia Lu Chin, WWF, Malaysia
  • Pablo I. Ramirez de Arellano, ARAUCO, Chile
  • Mikhail Karpachevskiy, Transparent World, Russia
  • Chris Wedeles, National Standard Development Group, consultant, Canada
  • Daniel Hall, Environmental Guide, USA
  • Rosanne Van Schie, Forest Conservation and Economic Development Advisor Wolf Lake First Nation, Canada
  • Isabel Garcia Drigo, Lead Assessor Rainforest Alliance, Brazil


Date Activity Link
4-8 September 2017 HCV Technical Working Group fourth meeting in Lisbon (Portugal) Finalizing HCV Guide
February 2017 HCV Technical Working Group third meeting in Bonn (Germany) We are currently assessing feedback from the first consultation.
3 May to 9 July 2016 The revised draft of the Guide and the IFL indicators are open for public consultation Click here to read the First Consultation
July 2016 HCV Technical Working Group second meeting in Bonn (Germany)  
October 2015 HCV Technical Working Group kick off meeting in Bonn (Germany) Read Technical news item
18 March 2015 Terms of Reference HCV Technical Working Group Click here to read the terms of reference