Between the 10th and 16th of October we were in the field. Destination was Ile district, Zambézia and the objective was to test new methods for identifying High Conservation Value areas for a forestry project
This field trip was intended to test a set of new methodologies that Biodinâmica is currently developing for the identification of areas of High Conservation Value (HCV). The identification of these areas is one of the requirements for FSC® forestry certification. According to the HCV Network, “a High Conservation Value is a biological, ecological, social or cultural value of exceptional or critical importance.” These values are divided into: Species diversity (HCV1), Landscape-level ecosystems and mosaics (HCV2), Ecosystems and habitats (HCV3), Ecosystem services (HCV4), Community needs (HCV5) and Cultural values (HCV6).
Our field team was composed of experts in biodiversity, ecosystems & environmental impact assessment, birdlife, flora & vegetation, aquatic environments and socioeconomics & sustainability.
We tested different methodologies such as rapid assessments for birdlife, flora, vegetation, habitats and aquatic environments, interviews with local leaders, socioeconomic surveys, focus groups, participatory mapping and groundtruthing.
The results will enable Biodinâmica to produce technical guidelines for the identification of High Conservation Value areas in the region.