Haute Valeur Environnementale (HVE) Certification

Haute Valeur Environnementale (HVE) Certification

The French Association for the Advancement of High Environmental Value Certification aims to promote and defend High Environmental Value agriculture. To this end, it brings together diverse stakeholders in a much more environmentally friendly vision of agriculture.

The association brings together various actors in High Environmental Value agriculture, such as:

  • Certified farmers or farmers in the process of certification
  • Stakeholders from various sectors supporting the HVE Certification are various producers and companies.

The main objectives of this association are:

  • To work for the expansion and recognition of HVE agriculture by governmental entities, agricultural experts, consumers, and the agri-food industry.
  • To look after the interests of the members of the association in different aspects (moral, technical, social, economic, among others) always in relation to HVE agriculture.
  • To ensure the representation of each member in local, national, or international forums.
  • To propose activities that allow structuring and uniting the various sectors involved in High Environmental Value agriculture.
  • To offer training and consulting services to its members.

Currently, this association has four types of members:

  • On the one hand, there are the active members. They are committed to participating in the various activities proposed by the Association.
  • On the other hand, there are the founding members. They contributed in various ways to form the association.
  • In addition, there are the founding delegates, who also played an important role in the creation of the association.
  • Finally, the association also has legal members, who are admitted but exempt from paying a membership fee.

To achieve its objective of promoting HVE viticulture, the Association designed a progressive 3-tier plan:

  • At the first level, members must adhere to various environmental regulatory practices, applying production processes that allow them to conform to them.
  • At the second level, members must begin to implement various environmentally friendly farming techniques.
  • Finally, at the third level, members must achieve various environmental performance metrics in areas such as biodiversity and reduced input dependency.

Association Descriptors

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