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Malaysian National Interpretation for the Management and Monitoring of High Conservation Values Launched

After an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process involving 50 different representatives from NGOs, companies, concession owners, financial institutions, certification bodies and government agencies, the Malaysian National Interpretation (MYNI) for the Management and Monitoring of HCVs was completed and launched on 17 January 2022.

The new guidance document will support High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors, resource managers and auditors within agricultural and forestry commodity supply chains in their work to achieve and maintain sustainability certification in Malaysia. It can be used for a range of commodities including timber and palm oil. It enhances the HCV approach which is a tool for identifying and managing environmental and social values in forest landscapes.

This new guidance adapts HCV Network's globally applicable Common Guidance for the Management and Monitoring of HCVs according to the local context in Malaysia. An example of Malaysia-specific guidance in the document is the section on how to enhance the management and monitoring of wildlife saltlicks. Saltlicks are natural sites rich with mineral deposits and are visited by wildlife, including large mammals such as elephants and tapir.

A launch event was held to publicise the guidance document, featuring members of the HCV Malaysia Steering Committee and the Technical Working Group, including Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA), an NGO representing indigenous peoples in the state of Sarawak.

The HCV Malaysia Toolkit Steering Committee comprises the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), WWF-Malaysia, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the Malaysian Palm Oil Association and the Malaysian Timber Certification Council. Proforest is the secretariat and facilitator of the HCV Malaysia Toolkit process.

Both documents in the HCV Malaysia Toolkit can be downloaded from the links below. They will also be available on the HCV Network website.
● Download: The Malaysian National Interpretation for the Management and Monitoring of HCVs (published January 2022)
● Download: Malaysian National Interpretation for the Identification of HCVs (published August 2018)

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