High Conservation Value (HCV)

LONG TERM SUSTAINABILITY / High Conservation Value (HCV)

High Conservation Values (HCVs) are biological, ecological, social or cultural values orattributes associated with natural or traditionally managed ecosystems, which areconsidered outstandingly significant or critically important at the national, regional orglobal level. HCV management areas are critical areas in a landscape that need to be managed appropriately in order to maintain or enhance one or more of its values. Areas that possess such attributes include:

A. HCV1: Areas containing globally, regionally or nationally significant concentrations of biodiversity values (e.g., endemism, endangered species, refugia).

B. HCV2: Globally, regionally or nationally significant landscapes where viable populations of most if not all naturally occurring species exist in natural patterns of distribution and abundance.

C. HCV3: Areas that are in or contain rare, threatened or endangered ecosystems.

D. HCV4: Areas that provide basic ecosystem services in critical situations (e.g. watershed protection, erosion control).

E. HCV5: Areas fundamental to meeting basic needs of local communities (e.g. subsistence, health).

F. HCV6: Areas critical to local communities’ traditional cultural identity (areas of cultural, ecological, economic or religious significance identified in cooperation with such local communities).

High Conservation Value (HCV)