High Conservation Value Forest (High Conservation Value Forest, HCVF) is a concept defined by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in 1999 for use in forest management certification. Forests with high conservation value (HCVF) are forests that have one or more of the characteristics of high conservation values (HCVs).
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as defined HCVF forests contain the following values: -
The forest area that contains a significant level of biodiversity at the global, regional and national (eg endemisme, endangered species, refugia);
Forests on a large scale landscape contained within the FMU or FMU covers itself, in which a viable population (viable) from most, if not all the species found naturally exist in the distribution pattern and origin of life;
Forest areas are in or contain rare ecosystems, endangered or dangerous condition;
Forest areas that provide basic services of nature in critical situations (eg watershed protection, flood control);
Iimportant forest areas that provide the basic needs of local communities (eg subsistence, health); and
Forest areas that are critical to local communities' traditional cultural identity (areas identified in collaboration with the community as having the significance of cultural, ecological, economic or religious to them).
The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) has adopted the above definition of HCVF in the process of standard MC & I (2002) for the process of forest certification in Malaysia. This matter be taken note by JPNNS and appropriate action will be taken in the Forest Management Plan (2006 - 2015) is to formulate an action plan to manage the forest resources, particularly areas that contain high levels of endemisme and unique ecosystems.
During this time JPNNS take positive steps in developing an action plan in the form of appropriate guidelines and monitoring that must be considered to be more functional HCVF whose existence will give more benefits to the development of the state, national and socio-economic development.
The JPNNS has identified two areas in Punjab HSK as HCVF, the Forest Sg. Goes on and Compartment 4 Setul Forest. Both of these areas identified by the JPNNS based on national interests. HCVF regions Forest River Forest stands containing Dipterocarp Lights Low (Dipterocarp Lowland Forest) rich and Compartment 4 Setul Forest tree species of endemic and rare Vatica yeechogii (Resak).