Over the past couple of years FSC has been working with others to provide Guidance on the High Conservation Value (HCV) concept with a focus on forests. With the help of the HCV Resource Network and others we produced a draft set of guidance, which was available as of June 2012.
Since then Proforest (Ellen Brown), on behalf of the HCV Resource Network, has been working on an updated guidance document for HCV identification across different ecosystems and land uses (not just forests and related ecosystems). This draft was sent out for a final round of consultation.
As a member of the HCV Network and the originator of the HCV concept, FSC was assisting this consultation by reaching out to networks, and in particular HCV practitioners – people who are conducting HCV assessments and who need to make decisions on what is or is not an HCV, based on best available data and stakeholder consultation.
After the consultation period, a final draft of the guidance has bee approved and can be now consulted following the link on the right of this page.
Please note that this guidance is only focused on identification of HCVs and not on the broader issues of management to maintain and enhance HCVs. Guidance on management will be produced specific to FSC requirements and will be further refined and consulted in due course.