The HCV approach refers to the three pillars of sustainable development from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The approach enables the utilisation of natural resources in a rational and restrained manner while maintaining ecological, environmental, social and cultural values.
The HCV process comprises three stages: assessment of values, formation and implementation of management prescriptions and monitoring of values. The process is transparent and involving stakeholders.
Specification of the HCV’s for Indonesia must be must be drafted and agreed upon through consultation and dialogue between stakeholders in order to obtain broad support.
The current HCVF Toolkit is used identify the high conservation forest with the aim of maintaining or enhancing the ecological and social values that exist. However, HCV’s are also found in non-forest areas. To include all areas of forest and non-forest that have HCV’s it is proposed that the term High Conservation Value Areas (HCVA) be used. Therefore the term HCVF Assessment as used to up to this point in time should be changed to High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessment.
The term conservation in the context of the HCV Toolkit for Indonesia does not only mean preservation of biodiversity and environmental services, but also includes protection and sustainable development.
The HCV process is a voluntary system that can be adopted by forest managers committed sustainable development in Indonesia. Fulfillment of the HCV process in its entirety is will be a demonstration of best management recognized by the Indonesian and global community.
The HCV process does not aim to determining areas that might be exploited, but rather to provide the framework for management that aims to maintain or enhance the HCV’s present in that area.
Taken from HCV working group