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HCVF Management

Under management of HCVF we understand the implementation of such a management regime (forestry and other activities) in HCVF that permits maintenance and even enhancement of the respective high conservation value ( download "Management guidelines for different categories of HCVF" - 388 kb). The management regime is a set of management restrictions and/or requirements during implementation of harvesting, silvicultural and other activities.

Management of HCVF is covered in Criterion 9.3: У The management plan shall include and implement specific measures that ensure the maintenance and/or enhancement of the applicable conservation attributes consistent with the precautionary approach. These measures shall be specifically included in the publicly available management plan summary . Ф

This means that to ensure preservation of the identified HCVF, forest managers should develop and thereafter implement a management regime, which is adapted to local conditions, available resources and existing knowledge .

Management system development in HCVF

A management regime for HCVF should be developed taking into account that any activity in HCVF should :

  • always be based on the precautionary approach to minimize the risk that any irreversible damage is done to these critical values ;
  • always be within a framework of adaptive management, i.e. by planning, implementation, monitoring of effects and where necessary re-planning on the basis of the analysis of the results of monitoring (Jennings et al , 2005).

The main options for management (according to Jennings et al , 2005) are :

  • "Protection of the area, through reserves, buffer zones, marking boundaries and control of activities that degrade the HCV (e.g. hunting of rare species). Where doubt exists as to whether any of the other management options are able to maintain or enhance the identified HCVs, then, consistent with the precautionary approach, protection will be the preferred option.
  • Modifications or constraints on operations , or specific operational prescriptions/systems. Any threats to the HCVs which will be posed by operations or other activities in the forest will need to be identified and documented. This analysis should include all potential effects, both direct (e.g. harvesting operations or use of chemicals) and indirect (e.g. increased hunting as a result of better access along logging roads). The constraints that these threats will put on operations and other activities should also be examined. The decision to adopt any particular operation must be made based on the precautionary approach, which means that if you are not sure whether a particular activity might have a negative effect on a HCV, then you should assume that it will until you have collected information to prove that it does not. Examples of modified management regimes might include implementation of particular cutting cycles, retention of named species or maximizing notable habitat features such as areas suitable for nesting or feeding.
  • Restoration activities where the forest area requires some remedial action, such as removal of alien species or enrichment of riparian functions."

 

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