Mainstreaming the High Conservation Values Area Approach in Indonesia


Mainstreaming the High Conservation Values Area Approach in Indonesia

Since the introduction of the High Conservation Values (HCV) concept in the 1990s, many HCV areas have been identified in forest concessions, oil palm plantations and other production areas. HCVs within production areas make a significant contribution to protecting and maintaining the entire landscape.

Almost 500 management units — involving around 1 million ha of land comprising natural forests, pulp plantations and oil palm plantations — have defined and manage their HCV areas. By implementing the HCV approach, the plantation industry can reduce its negative impacts. And if sustainable practices can be imposed on the management units of the plantations, this could benefit all the stakeholders at the landscape level.

Oil palm plantation owners and forest concessionaires are starting to realize the importance of HCV implementation. This is partly due to the requirements for complying with certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil system, and the Forest Stewardship Council, which set standards for sustainable management practices. Since the HCV areas found in production areas may be affected by plantation management, companies are required to identify, manage and accommodate them in their planning and management operations.


Mainstreaming High Conservation Values (HCVs) has been the major focus of the Tropenbos International Indonesia Programme since 2008. TBI Indonesia assists management units of oil palm plantations and forest concessionaires to identify and assess HCV areas.

TBI Indonesia also supports and promotes the HCV concept through the High Conservation Value Network Indonesia.


2008 - 2016


Mainstreaming, supporting and promoting the High Conservation Values approach in Indonesia