Putting Free, Prior, and Informed Consent into Practice in REDD+ Initiatives

April 2012

The principle that indigenous peoples and local communities have a right to give or withhold their Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) to developments affecting natural resources is not new. However, experience using FPIC in REDD+ implementation is still limited in the Asia-Pacific region, and there are few materials that explain and train practitioners in its concepts and practice. There is still subjective understanding of the terms and requirements of FPIC, influenced by both cultural interpretations and interests. 

To address this resource gap, RECOFTC is pleased to announce the publication of a new Training Manual on Putting Free, Prior, and Informed Consent into Practice in REDD+ Initiatives. This manual, developed with financial and advisory support from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Norad, serves as a practical tool for trainers and facilitators to improve understanding of FPIC among stakeholders at all levels. 

This manual has been developed by Karen Edwards and Ronnakorn Triraganon with substantial inputs from Jim Stephenson, Dr. Chandra Shekhar Silori and other members from the Capacity Building and Technical Services Team at RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests. 

It is organized into several sections based on five learning blocks – each available for download separately – providing a quick and easy way for trainers to access relevant reference materials. 

The manual complements the guidelines on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in REDD+: Principles and Approaches for Policy and Project Development released by RECOFTC and GIZ.

Read a blog by co-author Jim Stephenson introducing the importance of FPIC in natural resource management projects.

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This manual is also available in Vietnamese and Nepali

The manual complements the guidelines on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in REDD+: Principles and Approaches for Policy and Project Development released by RECOFTC and GIZ last year.