High Conservation Value Forest

The Rainforest Alliance pioneered the independent monitoring of the status and condition of High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) by identifying forests of biological and cultural significance at the local, national and global levels, and then evaluating company practices in protecting those forests.

HCVF verifications may be peer reviews of the quality and rigor of companies' internal HCVF assessments. We also evaluate the extent to which HCVF areas are actively conserved within given forests. For such audits, reports of the qualitative and quantitative results of the verification findings, including maps and figures on the changes in the HCVF area, are made available to the public.

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