Other HCV training courses
As well as our more technical training for assessors we also provide various other HCV training courses for a range of actors ranging from introductory courses to training for companies on managing HCVs on the ground.
An introduction to HCVs
An increasing number of sustainability standards and company policies require the protection of High Conservation Values (HCVs) in the production or sourcing of timber and agricultural commodities. But whilst the term HCV is widely used, it is not always clear what HCVs are in practice and what is required to safeguard them in sustainable supply chains.
Proforest provides short, practical and interactive courses in a range of languages on HCVs aimed at clients without an in-depth technical knowledge. Such courses are ideal for companies’ responsible sourcing teams, traders or management staff that want to understand the basics of the HCV approach and tools that can help implement policy commitments. Depending on your needs we can provide either face-to-face or online training that is either generic or commodity/geography-specific.
HCV management and monitoring for companies
Many companies are required to maintain HCVs in their management units to comply with sustainability standards or buyers’ sustainability commitments. In practice, companies face a number of barriers that make it difficult to manage and monitor HCVs on the ground, for example, technical constraints or encroachment. Effective HCV management typically requires targeted, collaborative approaches and planning.
These courses are geared towards technical company staff and provide practical guidance, examples and tools to support the development and implementation of HCV management and monitoring plans, in line with the requirements of standards, such as the RSPO. We aim to deliver face-to-face courses with a field component, to expose participants to practical examples.
New trends in sustainable production and HCV
Two major new developments in sustainable production are:
- HCV tools for smallholders
- High carbon stock approaches
These two topics already feature as part of our training courses, but are now of increasing interest on their own to many stakeholders and so we are developing new dedicated courses.
Smallholder farms dominate many global agricultural supply chains and provide significant social/economic benefits in rural areas. However, smallholders can contribute to deforestation, making it difficult for them to enter into sustainable supply chains. To address this, new simplified, landscape-level approaches are being developed to reduce the cost of identifying HCVs for smallholders. Such approaches can help mills and buyers to engage with smallholders to ensure stable supply and more sustainable production.
In response to consumer concerns about deforestation, the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach and HCS+ have been developed to help companies to implement ‘No deforestation’ commitments on the ground. Nonetheless, guidance on both HCS approaches is new and detailed, making implementation a challenge.