High Conservation Value (HCV) Management and Monitoring

There has never been more of an urgent need to protect nature and people than today. In spearheading the High Conservation Value Approach, 20 years ago, FSC was a frontrunner in addressing conservation and the rights c of Indigenous Peoples and local Communities into its forest management requirements. 

During this side-meeting you will learn about some strategies used over the years to address High Conservation Value management and monitoring, and how challenges can be overcome to ensure positive impacts on nature and people. 

FSC Denmark


Meriel Robson, Soil Association Certification

Meriel has worked for Soil Association Certification for over 20 years, delivering FSC certification worldwide.  She has led forest management audits in a wide range of countries across Europe, Africa, and South-east Asia, including for state forest services, private owners and managers, and community forestry projects.  Meriel has also been responsible for delivery of Soil Association’s training programmes and technical advice on forest management certification, and has been a member of FSC International since 2006.


Markus Pfannkuch, Precious Woods

Markus worked as a forest worker in Switzerland before earning an MSc in International Forest Industries from the Bern University of Applied Sciences. He first joined Precious Woods as a forest manager in Gabon. Today, as Chief Sustainability Officer, Markus oversees all forest operations, certification, and sustainability at Precious Woods. He also holds an EMBA degree from HEC Paris.


Olivia Scholtz, High Conservation Value Network

Olivia has over 20 years of on-the-ground conservation experience in Central Africa, South America and Australia. She has led landscape-level projects in priority conservation landscapes, working in collaboration with national authorities, the private sector and local communities. With the High Conservation Value Network, she engages with a range of sustainability schemes and initiatives to support the uptake of the HCV Approach. This includes developing tailored implementation guidance and providing training for land managers, on the identification, management and monitoring of HCVs.

Fabrice Inkonkoy

Fabrice Inkonkoy, Zoological Society of London

Fabrice Inkonkoy is a Sustainability and Conservation Specialist with a keen interest in tackling biodiversity loss, sustainable forest management and climate change through the application of environmental and social safeguards. Over the last eleven years, he has worked for several organizations including WWF-DR Congo and the World Bank, supporting sustainable forest management, and mitigating environmental and social risks in infrastructure development project in the Congo Basin region. Currently, he works as the Sustainable Business Specialist for the Zoological Society of London, supporting sustainable forest management through increased sustainability transparency in Forest-risk commodities such as timber & pulp, palm oil and natural rubber in Africa.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday 14 October

  • Time: 09:00-10:30

  • Room: Nusantara 1&2  

  • Format: Hybrid

  • Language: English, French, Spanish