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Gabriela Macra

Forests are the original context for the development of the HCV concept. All forests are valuable, but some are more valuable than others. To make this concept operational, there was a need to define “exceptional” or “significant” forest values. Though the quality and consistency of HCV assessments, audits and management may vary, the scale of application of the concept is impressive and important for responsible forest management.
In an agricultural setting, HCV forest areas would be maintained and protected against conversion. In some cases, where forests provide subsistence or other basic needs for local communities, these could only be converted if access was negotiated through a rigorous FPIC.
Carbon does not fit particularly well with the way HCV 4 is currently defined and interpreted: while carbon storage may qualify as a basic service of nature, it does not have the same close linkage to local communities implied in the examples given in this guide, nor does it fit with the interpretation of “critical situations”, since any type of vegetation cover will contain carbon.