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This article examines the effectiveness of UNDRIP in relation to two case studies in Bolivia and Peru in regards to regulations, policies, and environmental conditions.
‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent’ (FPIC) has emerged as a key principle in international law, related to indigenous peoples and is considered necessary in sectors like dam building, extractive industries, forestry, plantations, conservation, bio-prospecting and environmental impact assessment. While the right itself is clearly affirmed, the practicalities for non-State parties to adhere to it are less clear, and so initiatives to ensure FPIC are considered.
MiningWatch Canada is glad to share the announcement by Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq that the federal government will not approve Taseko Mines’ New Prosperity gold-copper project. The project, located in south-central British Columbia, was a modification of a previously rejected application. The decision was made after the company’s second proposal failed to address “significant adverse effects”.
This policy brief examines how the relationship between Canadian governments and Indigenous peoples is negotiated when disagreements arise regarding proposed development projects. While Indigenous peoples are entitled the right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC), there is no clear understanding within Canadian law of when this consultation and accommodation have been appropriate. The Taku Supreme Court decision is explored as an example where Indigenous opposition to a project did not stop further development.
This paper explores the rights of Indigenous people in International law, through the frameworks of Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC), and the World Commission on Dams (WCD). Reasons why FPIC is not always upheld in practice are explored through a series of case studies, and policy suggestions from the WCD are that prioritize the recognition of rights and assessment of risks are proposed to combat these problems.
This workshop analyzes the impacts of mining and extractive projects on Colombian ethnic territories from a social, environmental, and spiritual perspectives. The workshop aimed to foster discussion and debate about the importance of impact assessment as a tool for informed decision making, in the application of Free, Prior, Informed Consent.