HCV for producers: TR37

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.

This course is geared primarily towards technical company staff from producer companies. It is open to actors from any sector but will be particularly relevant for the palm oil, forestry and rubber sectors. We also welcome other stakeholders involved in practical conservation on the ground in multi-use landscapes, such as conservation NGOs and government departments.

The course provides 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 Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The course also seeks to bring together the collective experience of this group to share experiences of HCV management and monitoring.

This is a face-to-face course with a field component, to expose participants to practical examples of HCV management and monitoring strategies in the field.

Course overview

This will be a 3-day training course consisting of 2 days of interactive classroom sessions and a 1-day practical field exercise. The aim is for the course to be as practical as possible, with a focus on real-world case studies and practical advice that companies can implement on the ground to ensure that HCVs are maintained and companies comply with standards, such as the RSPO.

There will be a maximum of 22 places available for the course, so depending on interest we may not be able to offer places to all applicants.

There will be no formal evaluation of participants, but it is expected that all participants present verbally at least once during the course.

Course outline

Day 1

  • HCV background, including requirements under various standards such as the RSPO
  • Introduction to the Assessor Licensing Scheme
  • HCV guiding principles
  • The HCV process
  • HCV Identification

Day 2

  • Management and monitoring
  • Real world examples from the palm sector of HCV management and monitoring
  • Practical tools to support HCV management, including an introduction to the latest remote monitoring tools and alerts to track encroachment

Day 3

Practical field exercise, to include:

  • A visit to a nearby RSPO-certified plantation to get a first-hand view of how HCV management areas are identified and managed, and
  • Site visit to a nearby conservation site to get a better understanding of landscape contexts and collaboration with external natural resource managers

Course fee

USD 800 per participant
The course includes snacks and lunch the days of the course, materials for classes and transportation to field trips.

Payment of the full amount must be in US dollars to The Proforest Initiative.


There are three steps to registering:

  1. Use our online form to register interest in the course, before 23 September 2016
  2. We will confirm with you that you have successfully registered interest.
  3. After 23 September we will review all applications and contact applicants to confirm the number of places available per company.
  4. You need to then pay by PayPal or bank transfer.

Please note: Your place on the course will only be reserved once full payment has been received.


Takoradi, Ghana. Precise location to be confirmed.

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HCV for producers: TR37

10-12 October 2016

Takoradi, Ghana


How to register

You can register online for this course. Please note: your place will only be reserved once full payment has been received.