-- A body of work is being developed on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), with regional workshops held in the three regions where the programme is operational. 

FPIC refers to the right of indigenous peoples to make the decision, based on full information and in advance of a proposed action, to give or withhold consent on activities that will affect their rights to their traditional resources. FPIC is a rights-based principle representing a particular expression of the right to self-determination. FPIC has gained some momentum over the last few decades and is now explicitly recognised in certain national and international legislation, including key instruments, such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) which was formally adopted in 2007.

Despite broad acceptance of the importance of the principles that FPIC embodies in terms of safeguarding the rights and self-determination of indigenous peoples, the difficulty of precisely defining, standardising and codifying FPIC emerge as barriers to its wider practical adoption. Driven by its commitment to adhere to international law and support equitable stakeholder engagement in REDD+, the UN-REDD Programme has made the challenge of defining a practical framework for FPIC's application to the actions of UN-REDD a focal point of its work. During 2010 the UN-REDD Programme has initiated pioneering work in supporting indigenous peoples' representatives and civil society to collaborate with each other in a global effort to develop FPIC definitions and guidelines that reflect stakeholder consensus and agreement. In parallel to this, the UN-REDD Programme has initiated FPIC pilot work to implement, test and refine methods with indigenous peoples at the local level. This rich body of work is contributing to broader global efforts to operationalise FPIC.