1 the presence or absence of all 6 categories of HCVs should be assessed. Look whether the external consultant/ expert is hired or not. Look into: scale , intensity and risk, HCVRN Charter responsibility (Legality, secure tenure, customary rights and consent, consideration of impacts of conservation), Location and landscape, HCV methods and data sources (Evaluating the need for scoping study, step-wise screening), stakeholders consultation, interpretation of assessment findings.
2 Addressing all 6 HCVs, data quality, ref. to national interpretation , Decision on HCV status, Mapping.
3 The first four classes are considered potential High Carbon Stock forests so should not be converted to agriculture land/ use. As an auditor will look into each vegetation class is validated through calibration with carbon stock estimates in the above-ground tree biomass and field checks. Community land rights and uses are mapped, and the HCS forest patches are further analysed via a Decision Tree to identify viable and optimal forest areas for potential protection and areas for development.