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Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

Resources and guidance materials to improve understanding and assist in the implementation of FPIC processes.

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Amazon Watch produced 8-page briefing paper on the importance of FPIC. The paper is packed full of information and includes case studies, reasons for FPIC, challenges with FPIC, examples of indigenous peoples' experiences from South America and recommendations for the future of FPIC.
file icon Development Without Conflict: The Business Case For Community ConsentTooltip
English 07/26/2011 Hits: 489
This 70-page report was published by World Resources Institute (WRI) in May 2007. The first section of the report is a conveniently condensed version- for quick review of its contents. The document examines the premise that the informed consent of a community affected by development projects, either public or private, makes good business sense. It argues that the risks created by not obtaining community consent are significant and quantifiable, as are the benefits obtained with meaningful consultation. It examines 4 case studies from around the world (Philippines, Argentina, Thailand and Peru). The report also makes recommendations for stakeholders to engage thoroughly in FPIC.
A 55-page report on applying FPIC in Viet Nam, publshed in August 2010 by UN-REDD. Explains FPIC, how it is applied in Viet Nam in an 8-step process. The report goes into detail for each of the following eight steps: (1) District, Commune and Village Level Awareness Raising,(2) Recruitment of Iterlocutors, (3) Interlocutor Training, (4) Village Meeting Preparation, (5) Conducting village meetings, (6) Recording of decision, (7) Documentation and Reporting, and (8) Verification and Evaluation. The end of the report discloses the complete resuls for the pilot FPIC exercise in Lam Ha and Di Linh districts.
A 49-page report published by RECOFTC in November 2010. The organization was selected to lead the evaluation and verification (E and V) of the FPIC process. At the international level, RECOFTC was contracted to develop a toolkit in this context. E and V of the FPIC process under the UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme is a first test of the draft toolkit based on experiences in various countries in the region. E V took place in June 2010, with contributions from experts from RECOFTC and three other organizations in Vietnam. Follow-up recommendations are discussed in the report.
file icon Brief on Applying Free Prior and Informed Consent in Viet NamTooltip
English 07/26/2011 Hits: 439
A 6-page brief on applying FPIC in Viet Nam, publshed in April 2010 by UN-REDD. Briefly explains FPIC, how it is applied in Viet Nam in an 8-step process, and provides links to UN-REDD Programme partners such as CIEL, Woods Hole, RECOFTC, The Forest Dialogue, etc.
Examines how legal and policy frameworks deal with indigenous peoples and the extent to which they offer scope for FPIC. Presents legal and policy frameworks for FPIC in the countries covered. Published in August of 2004 by Forest Peoples Programme, authored by Marcus Colchester and Fergus MacKay.
file icon Starting Point: Self-Determination- A Peruvian Case StudyTooltip
English 07/08/2011 Hits: 452
Guidance on principles and preconditions for FPIC for Latin America focusing on protected areas with considerable legal context, with a focus on Peru. Presents legal and policy frameworks for FPIC in the international and national context for the countries covered.
Workshop report of event to introduce REDD to community, CSO and government stakeholders. Summarises the process used to sensitise participants to a range of issues including: Human Rights, Climate Change, REDD and FPIC. Provides ideas on how a workshop may be structured as a way to introduce REDD concepts to stakeholders.
file icon Guide to Free, Prior and Informed Consenthot!Tooltip
English 09/08/2010 Hits: 578
A step-by-step guide to the application of FPIC for IPs and other relevant communties affected by large scale development activities. Includes guidance on: why FPIC may be necessary; what FPIC is; step-by-step guidance on how to operationalise FPIC including checklists of questions for assessing proposed development activities, supporting community consultations, seeking support from outside agencies; how to research local laws relevant to FPIC; how a development project cycle operates and where and how stakeholders can engage in it. Developed by Oxfam Australia.
Best practice guidelines for implementing FPIC for palm oil companies. Practical guidance on how to implement FPIC including: legal background; mapping and identifying customary land; ensuring consent is genuine, free and prior; and resolving conflicts. Developed by the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP).
Best practice guidelines in Bahasa for implementing FPIC for palm oil companies. Practical guidance: on how to implement FPIC including: legal background; mapping and identifying customary land; ensuring consent is genuine, free and prior; and resolving conflicts. Developed by the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP).