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.
|Ginny Ng (co-chair)
Conservation Lead, Wilmar Group
|Izabela Delabre (co-chair)
Palm Oil Technical Advisor, Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
SEA Commodities Manager, WRI
Sustainability Manager, Olam
Sustainable Palm Oil Manager, WWF - Malaysia
Indonesia Country Director, Fauna & Flora International (FFI)
|Dr. Gan Lian Tiong
Sustainability Manager, PT Musim Mas (Musim Mas Group)
|Dr. Gotz Martin
Head of Sustainability Implementation, Golden Agri-Resources Ltd
Director, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP)
Programme Manager, Biodiversity Markets, IFC (Funding Agency)
Executive Director, Orangutan Land Trust
|Juan Carlos Espinosa
Environmental Leader, Fedepalma
President, Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA)
|Norazam Abdul Hameed
Head, Plantation Sustainability and Quality Management (PSQM), Felda Global Ventures
Commercial Director, PT Tolan Tiga (SIPEF Group)
|Tang Men Kon
Head, Plantation Sustainability & Quality Management, Sime Darby Plantation, Malaysia
Felda Global Ventures
|Lee Swee Yin
Sime Darby Plantation, Malaysia
Golden Agri-Resources Ltd
Forest Peoples Programme (FPP)
|Dato' Henry Barlow
|Dwi R. Muhtaman
HCV Resource Network
|Dr. Glen Reynolds