In 2022, the HCV Network Secretariat increased engagement and collaboration with key policy actors including financial institutions, sustainability initiatives and voluntary sustainability standards. The Secretariat became an ally of the World Benchmarking Alliance; joined the Science-based Targets for Nature (SBTN) Corporate Engagement Program; became a member of the Taskforce on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNDF) Forum, and joined the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) as a Supporting Partner. The Secretariat continued providing technical support to voluntary sustainability standards in their HCV journey, including the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Global Platform on Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).


To ensure the HCV Approach is implemented robustly across commodities and regions, the Secretariat scaled up its work in landscapes and jurisdictions. Joint fundraising efforts with HCV Network Members WWF and Forest Peoples Programme flourished into new landscape projects in Indonesia and Bhutan which will start in early 2023.

The Secretariat continued engaging and supporting a range of stakeholders in the forest, marine and freshwater community through piloting projects, participating in events and conferences, and contributing to various Working Groups. To ensure the long-term protection of HCVs following baseline HCV or HCV-HCSA assessments, the HCV Management and Monitoring strategy was updated, and capacity building was one of the identified priorities for 2023.


By the end of 2022, the Secretariat had evaluated assessment reports covering over 2.1 million hectares, with over 700,000 hectares identified for protection. Poor-quality reports covering more than 568k hectares were marked as unsatisfactory, preventing development in these areas, and reducing risks for land managers and certification schemes.


The Secretariat also increased its training offering. Five online HCV-HCSA Assessor Training Courses were imparted, two by the HCV Network Secretariat and three by Remark Asia, one of our Registered Training Providers. In total, 99 professionals were trained from 16 countries in Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

An online course on how to protect HCVs in landscapes, co-developed with HCVN Member Proforest and funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, was launched in December 2022.

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