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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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This briefing note provides an overview of FPIC in international law and across industry sections. The note also discusses how to identify customary land through mapping; engaging with representative organizations; pairing participation with informed consent; ensuring consent and resolving conflict. This note can inform consent processes throughout the consultation stages.

Workshop on the Impacts of Mining and other extractive projects on Ethnic Territories
Manual

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.

This article explores “landscape approaches” to the use of lands, which have emerged in response to the trade-off between the environment and resource development. Different types of landscape approaches to environmental conservation are discussed and ten principles of the approaches are identified. These principles emphasize adaptive management, stakeholder involvement, and multiple objectives.

Participation with a punch: Community referenda on dam projects and the right to free, prior, and informed consent to development
Scientific Paper

Acknowledging the cultural, social, and environmental impacts of resource developments such as hydro-electric dams, the rights of Indigenous people to Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC), are necessary to protect their lands. The article introduces the community referenda, as a consultation strategy used in areas impacted by development projects, and provides a democratic process based on voting to indicate the communities’ consent or refusal of a proposed development project. Community referenda provide a potential solution to industry non-compliance with FPIC.

Making FPIC - Free, Prior and Informed Consent - Work: Challenges and Prospects for Indigenous People
Report

This report summarizes progress made by indigenous peoples’ and organizations seeking to assess and apply right of indigenous peoples ‘to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to actions that affect their lands, territories and natural resources’ (referred to as ‘the right to FPIC’). It is informed by field programmes, case studies, and indigenous peoples’ actual experiences which were also reviewed at a workshop in Indonesia in April 2007.

This article explores what is “good” practice in social impact assessment (SIA). SIA addresses social issues in development through participatory processes that support affected peoples, and companies. SIA seeks to increase understanding of and responses to change, and avoid negative impacts while enhancing positive benefits. The author argues that SIA practices need to address culture, community, power, human rights, gender, justice, place, resilience, and sustainable livelihoods.

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