“Clearing natural ecosystems to establish farms and plantations is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and many areas designated for agricultural commodity production are home to local communities and Indigenous groups, plants and animals, water resources, forests and other ecosystems. This session will introduce an effective and adaptable tool for priority setting in large landscapes and jurisdictions. High Conservation Value (HCV) screening is about understanding what social and environmental values are likely to be present, and how those values are threatened. Screening provides a basis for multi-stakeholder decisions on planning, policymaking, land management, and achieving sustainability targets.

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