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.