In this section, you will find more detail on how to identify, manage and monitor HCVs, based on the experience of many practitioners and stakeholders in countries across the globe.
This experience (in the context of forest management) has also been synthesised into a three-part High Conservation Value Forest Toolkit (or “Global Toolkit”) published in December 2003, and a number of national or regional interpretations which can be accessed through the country pages or in the resource centre.
The Global HCVF Toolkit
The generic Global Toolkit, developed by ProForest for the WWF-Ikea Co-operation on Forest Projects, provides guidance on how to take the generic HCV definitions and develop specific, detailed and clear National Interpretations for a particular country or region. It also provides guidance to forest managers on how to work with the generic definition when no national definition is yet available.
Part 1: Introduction. This gives a general introduction to the concept of HCVF and how different users can apply it.
Part 2: Defining High Conservation Value Forests at a national level. The ideal way of implementing the concept is by developing national (or sub-national) interpretations that clearly define the local HCVs. This part of the Toolkit provides a practical methodology to be used at a national (or sub-national) level for defining High Conservation Values.
Part 3: Identifying and Managing High Conservation Value Forests: a guide for forest managers. This part of the Toolkit is aimed at forest managers, other land managers, investors, donors, and conservation practitioners who wish to implement HCVF as part of best management practice.
National Interpretations of the HCVF Toolkit
It is important for land use planners and forest managers to have guidelines which are relevant at a local or national level. National Interpretations of the HCV Toolkits have been developed for an increasing number of countries, through multi-stakeholder workshops and consultations with local experts. You can find these in the appropriate Country Pages or search under the National Interpretations page in the Resource Centre.
Using the Toolkits in a practical setting
The HCV Process pages give you further information and advice on how to use HCV in practise, and provide links to background information and case studies. The information follows the three steps of the HCV process:
Identify the HCVs which are present in a given area
Manage the HCV area to maintain the HCVs it supports
Monitor the HCV area to ensure that the management practices are effective