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This website provides information and resources on FPIC as a tool of self-determination to assist communities in decision making. We have selected articles, tool kits, videos, voice messages, and community stories about FPIC and consultation.

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Free, Prior and Informed Consent - Making FPIC work for Forests and Peoples
Report

2010 - English - Moderate

Free, Prior and Informed Consent - Making FP...

Marcus Colchester


This scoping review provides comprehensive information regarding Indigenous Peoples’ right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC), as it is currently represented in academic literature and community practice. The review highlights the legal foundations, practical implications, and outcomes of FPIC, attending to the conflicts and challenges that emerge between the different viewpoints of various stakeholders.

This book seeks to help indigenous communities and their organisations to provide their people with basic information on REDD+. It is intended as a guide in understanding climate change, REDD+ and how they relate to the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples.

Mission Impossible?: Adopting a CSR-Based Business Model for Extractice Industries in Developing Countries
Scientific Paper

2012 - English - Advanced

Mission Impossible?: Adopting a CSR-Based Bu...

Keith Slack


This article critiques the rhetoric of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that is used by extractive industries in order to build a public image, that is not reflective of their true mining practices. They argue that because definitions of CSR are not universal and are based on voluntary requirements only, corporations can communicate public images that are potentially misleading. The necessity of developing a CSR-model of business practices is put forth as necessary for responsible development.

The Community Referendum: Participatory Democracy and the Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent to Development
Scientific Paper

2009 - English - Advanced

The Community Referendum: Participatory Demo...

Brant McGee


This article discusses the Community Referenda as a consultation strategy to achieve FPIC, in which each community member votes on a potential development project. The development and purpose of FPIC in International law is discussed in the context of mining projects in Latin America that have resulted in conflict. Community Referenda are seen as a democratic form of consultation in which the perspectives of stakeholders can be taken into account.

FPIC and community protocol-type processes are being used to help claim rights and negotiate agreements in various biodiversity contexts. However, recent developments in international law in relation to access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing (ABS) have brought these participatory tools and processes centre stage.

Free, Prior and Informed Consent is a new global model for relations between state governments and Indigenous communities. This article analyzes state-led consultations in Bolivia’s and Peru’s hydrocarbon sectors. Barriers to effective consultation include: lack of Indigenous ownership; Indigenous visions and demands not being understood; and limited or general outcomes.

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