High Conservation Value ALS Ghana

Proforest is running a High Conservation Value Lead Assessor Training Course in Ghana.

Course description

Proforest is running a training course for High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors – particularly for those who would like to apply to the HCV Resource Network (HCVRN) Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS). Proforest are an HCVRN-recognised training provider and the agenda and contents of the course meet the syllabus of the HCVRN. The course is designed for professionals who will lead HCV assessments. HCV assessments are required by a growing number of certification standards for forestry and agricultural commodities (e.g. FSC, RSPO), and under the RSPO HCV assessments must now be led by an ALS licensed assessor. The course is based on HCVRN guidance, and combines taught modules and practical workshops, with group work based on a simulated HCV assessment.

Why do this course?

The HCV concept is gaining widespread recognition as an effective land-use planning tool and forms an integral part of a growing number of certification standards for forestry and agricultural commodities (e.g. FSC and RSPO). However, there have been growing concerns about the quality and results of some HCV assessments. This has been linked to a lack of understanding and capacity among assessors to lead and manage HCV assessments. This course aims to ensure that HCV assessors are adequately qualified to meet that concern.

Course Objectives

  • To provide participants with in-depth knowledge of the latest guidance and best practices for HCV assessments as per the HCVRN Assessor’s manual.
  • To train future HCV assessors with a standardised approach to HCV assessments.

Key Focus Areas

  • Overview of the HCV concept
  • The HCVRN Assessor Licencing Scheme
  • Determining the scope of the assessment and risk level of a project
  • Selecting and leading/managing a team
  • The logistics of an HCV assessment (including budgeting time and resources)
  • Desk-based pre-assessment study (objectives, information needs, best practice)
  • How to identify data gaps and address them
  • The consultation process (stakeholder identification, approaches, timing)
  • Data gathering and field survey methods
  • Validation of findings
  • Interpretation and identification of the six HCV categories
  • Using maps and geographical data
  • Threats assessment
  • Providing HCV management and monitoring recommendations
  •  Reporting requirements

Participant Profile

This course is aimed at those with some knowledge and/or experience of HCVs. It is also aimed at those with experience of Environmental & Social Impact Assessment. Ideally candidates have some academic training and practical experience in areas such as biology, ecology, conservation biology, sociology, remote sensing or participatory mapping.


If you wish to participate, please send your CV (list any HCV experience) and a brief letter (max. 1 page) to Nana Darko (address below). State why you wish to take this course and how you plan to use HCV in your professional life.


This training is partly funded through the Proforest Africa Practitioners’ Network Programme. The Programme will cover the cost of course fees, lunch and light refreshment during the course. However, participants are expected to cover their own transport, accommodation and other meal costs.

Participant Evaluation

Evaluation will consist of four components: a short pre-test (10%), a written exam (at the end of the course) (20%), participation marks (20%) and an HCV public summary report (50%). Participants achieving 70% will pass and will receive certificates of successful completion of the course.


Contact at Proforest

Contact | Nana Darko Cobbina | Nana Darko Cobbina | Ghana +233 (0)302 542 975

High Conservation Value ALS Ghana

Spring 2018



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