Defining HCV Thresholds in Gabon – High Conservation Value forest assessment: Year 2
This report presents the results of the second year of work on identifying high conservation value (HCV) priority areas. The HCV criteria provide a useful framework for identifying such priority areas. But to use the criteria in the context of national land use planning, it is necessary to develop reliable and consistent methods for the delineation of HCV areas. The limits and thresholds for these HCVs need to be defined and agreed at the national level. For each HCV criteria, it is necessary for stakeholders to agree when a given value will be considered an HCV.
In Year II of this project the team has continued and completed data collection on endemic plant distributions, forest habitat types, great ape abundance, and the aquatic diversity of river systems. It builds on the work completed in year I on the distribution and abundance of elephants, and priority elephant conservation zones.