4 June 2015

Building capacity for HCV assessments in Latin America


Building capacity for HCV assessments in Latin America

Working in partnership with WWF and Solidaridad, from 25–29 May 2015 Proforest ran the first 5-day High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessor Training Course in Latin America. 

Ten professionals from five countries attended the training course, which combined theory with a simulated HCV assessment in the field. For this course Proforest developed a region-specific simulated case study in partnership with the GEF project ‘Biodiverse Palm Oil Landscapes’ based in Colombia.

Supporting Sustainable Palm Oil Value Chains

The course is a component of the Guatemalan Sustainable Palm Oil Value Chain Project, in which Proforest collaborates with WWF and Solidaridad. The project is developing capacity in Guatemala and aims both to help practitioners carry out HCV assessments and to guide responsible producers of palm oil in the implementation of their commitments to sustainable production practices.

"This course opens a door for professionals in the region to carry out HCV assessments and support responsible producers of palm oil," said Daniel Arancibia, Proforest’s lead trainer for the course.

For more information about Proforest’s courses, see our Training page or contact our . Proforest is an approved training provider for the HCV Resource Network Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS)