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High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF)



Forests lake in the Huayanxi Provincial Nature Reserve. Hunan Province, China. rel=
Forests lake in the Huayanxi Provincial Nature Reserve. Hunan Province, China.
© WWF / Michel GUNTHER

The concept of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) was first developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in 1999 as their 9th principle. The FSC defined HCVF as forests of outstanding and critical importance due to their environmental, socio-economic, cultural, biodiversity and landscape value.

HCVFs could be old-growth forests in Siberia, habitats of threatened orangutans in Southeast Asia, or the sacred burial grounds of a North American first nations people. 

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