Useful guides to Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) represents the highest standard possible for the involvement of Indigenous Peoples in decision-making processes about large projects. FPIC entitles indigenous peoples to determine the outcome of decision-making that affects them – it is not merely a right to be consulted about projects that others will ultimately make decisions about.

Life Mosaic – Rights in Action: Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for Indigenous Peoples

This community-friendly animation video explains the concepts and mechanisms of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) through a story of interaction between indigenous peoples and people requesting their consent for new development. Free, Prior and Informed Consent is a core principle of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to guide collective decision-making. FPIC is a continual process that involves mutual respect and meaningful participation of indigenous peoples in decision-making on matters affecting them. The video also includes a story about customary law in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Oxfam – Guide to Free Prior and Informed Consent

Oxfam’s guide to free, prior and informed consent will help communities have a say about projects that may impact on their land, livelihood and environment. It contains information about FPIC, who has this right, and how this can help people have a say about mines, dams, logging and other large infrastructure projects which may affect the m in some way.

The guide and training cards are available in a number of languages.

IIED – FPIC and the Extractive Industries

This report, explores the spirit of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), examining how to follow the legal procedures but also the essence of its meaning.

The report provides a three-level framework of transferable principles to implement the ‘spirit of FPIC’ and references to already existing literature on the implementation of FPIC. This framework intends to encourage a move beyond a culture of minimal compliance towards one of greater understanding in ways that will benefit communities but also the businesses themselves.

IWGIA – Training Manual on Free, Prior and Informed Consent in REDD+

This report examines explores Free, Prior and Informed consent within the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) initiative. It is the collective work of indigenous peoples’ leaders and representatives in engagement with the REDD+ process; the manual contains indigenous perspectives throughout. It should be treated as a working guide, and will be updated with new developments, experiences and insight, as they arise.