The High Conservation Value Resource Network (HCVRN) is a member-based organization that supports the consistent implementation of the High Conservation Value (HCV) approach, which helps identify, manage and monitor significant biological, ecological, social or cultural values in a variety of production landscapes. The HCV approach is one of the main requirements of major voluntary sustainability standards schemes, such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and procurement and investment policies. The HCVRN also provides guidance documents, tools and templates to improve HCV assessments, and licenses lead HCV assessors and monitors the quality of their work over time.

Geographical Areas of Interest

Supply Chain Focus


Forest production


Related CHapters

Contact Details

HCV Resource Network c/o Proforest

+44 (0)1865 243 439 (UK) secretariat@hcvnetwork.orgg


The HCV approach was created to be used in the context of certification, which provides an additional level of assurance. The HCVRN recommends users to follow the Principles of Application of the HCV approach. Users should ensure that their procurement is compliant with international, national and local laws, respects tenure, customary rights and consent of indigenous peoples and local communities, and compliant with laws regulating the use and management of land and water.


The HCVRN advises against converting areas that are needed to maintain or enhance HCVs. Additionally, the HCVRN recommends using the HCV approach as part of a certification scheme where other principles can support environmental good practice.

Unique Forest Values

The HCVRN supports the identification of HCVs through assessments and responsible management and monitoring of HCVs in forest landscapes.

Social Aspects

Two of the six categories of HCVs are areas fundamental to the needs of local communities and indigenous peoples, and areas of cultural, archaeological, economic, or religious significance. These HCVs should be identified through engagement with local communities and indigenous peoples.