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HCVs are biological, ecological, social or cultural values which are considered outstandingly significant or critically important, at the national, regional or global level
All natural habitats possess inherent conservation values, including the presence of rare or endemic species, provision of ecosystem services, sacred sites, or resources harvested by local residents.
An HCV is a biological, ecological, social or cultural value of outstanding significance or critical importance. There are six categories of HCVs.
The RSPO is committed to the conservation of primary forests and high conservation values (HCV) within the context of sustainably managed landscape through RSPO Principles & Criteria 5.2 and 7.3.
The RSPO New Planting Procedure (NPP) which was formalized in May 2009, approved by the RSPO Board of Governors in September 2009 for implementation from 1st January 2010, further elaborates on the requirements for criterion 7.3. The first step is to conduct a comprehensive and participatory independent social and environmental impact assessment(s) and the assessment(s) must include identification of all primary forest, HCVA, areas of peat soil, and local peoples’ land.
The presence or absence of each HVC is determined, by using existing data and collecting additional information as necessary.
The HCV area is the area of habitat which must be appropriately managed in order to maintain enhance the identified HCVs.
To ensure that the management practices are effective in their aim of maintaining or enhancing the HCVs.