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Alice
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From the perspective of auditors it would be important to look for data in public sources of aerial/satellite images. Google Earth as you indicated it has historical photographs than can be checked to help identify possible land clearance. If the investigation on possible land clearance could be checked before going on site, the auditor would have information that would help him/her make the “right questions” to the auditee in relation to this topic and solve any misunderstanding during the audit itself.
With respect to sources of potential information in relation to HCV, we suggest that the auditor searches on available websites to gather information about protected areas and threatened species, such as http://www.ramsar.org , http://www.iucnredlist.org, http://www.birdlife.org and Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Business form IUCN, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Many elements are necessary to understand possibilities of land use change, including local regulations.
In relation to the image,several elements are necessary to understand possibilities of land use change, including the presence of areas with cultural values, archaeological or historical significance, and/or of critical cultural or religious/sacred importance for the traditional cultures of local communities or indigenous peoples (these are also HCVs!) . But in having said so, please look at the image in the intial post and see from the perspective of presence of vegetation exclusively the far right would the area to consider (but having the need to confirm that other aspects considered under HCV are duly met.

The key areas classified as High Conservation Values (High Conservation Values Resource Network) are:
• Areas with species diversity, concentrations of biological diversity including endemic species, and rare, threatened or endangered species, that are significant at global, regional or national levels
• Areas with landscape-level ecosystems and mosaics large landscape-level ecosystems and ecosystem mosaics that are significant at global, regional or national levels, and that contain viable populations of the great majority of the naturally occurring species in natural patterns of distribution and abundance;
• Areas with ecosystems and habitats that are rare, threatened, or endangered, habitats or refugia
• Areas that have ecosystem services or basic ecosystem services in critical situations, including protection of water catchments and control of erosion of vulnerable soils and slopes; areas with ecosystem services or basic ecosystem services in critical situations, including protection of water catchments and control of erosion of vulnerable soils
• Areas with cultural values, sites, resources, habitats and landscapes of global or national cultural, archaeological or historical significance, and/or of critical cultural, ecological, economic or religious/sacred importance for the traditional cultures of local communities or indigenous peoples, identified through engagement with these local communities or indigenous peoples.