The High Conservation Value (HCV) Approach is widely used to ensure that commodity production is not conducted at the expense of critical conservation values – or HCVs. It is used in a range of sustainability standards, but also in private sector commitments, government procurement policies, sustainability initiatives, and investment policies.

In response to increasing interest to scale up the use of the HCV approach in landscapes and jurisdictions, the HCV Network has developed HCV screening guidance to understand what HCVs are likely to be present and how those values are threatened, thereby allowing for priority setting.

HCV Screening can:

  • help plan and implement sustainable sourcing initiatives
  • inform and guide land use planning
  • inform the revision of spatial plans or green growth initiatives

For a quick overview of HCV screening download our 4-page info note and watch our HCV Screening Animation.

To learn more, try our self-paced online training course.

The HCV Network Secretariat provides the following services:

  • Development of guidance and case studies
  • Coordination of screening projects
  • Training on the HCV approach and screening
  • Quality assurance checks and provision of feedback on screening methods and outputs
  • Independent technical advice to link landscape projects to global best practice
  • Connecting people with similar experiences to facilitate knowledge exchange

To learn more about HCV screening, learning opportunities or to collaborate with the Secretariat, contact