The United Nations Collaborative Programme
on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries
 
 
 
 
Asia-Pacific Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) Repository
Click on any of the links in the categories below for a more comprehensive list of documents.
Principles Guidelines Training
Manuals
     
Communications Materials Reports Lessons Learned and Recommendations
 

The UN-REDD Programme Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) (Working Final version) and its associated Legal Companion, which outlines existing international law and emerging State practice affirm that indigenous peoples have the right to effective participation in the decisions, policies and initiatives that affect them and that FPIC is a legal norm that imposes duties and obligations on the States.

FPIC in the context of REDD+, however, continues to be a challenging concept. There is no single internationally agreed definition. Neither is there a single way to implement FPIC. It varies across regions, countries, contexts, peoples and communities. There is, however, a growing body of practitioners, be it UN-REDD Programme partner countries, or REDD+ project developers, who have taken the discussion beyond the realm of the rhetoric into actual demonstration. However, these experiences and documentation, where they exist, are not easily accessible or available.

This repository is the first step towards creating an information hub for all things related to FPIC. It aims to facilitate and encourage knowledge and experience exchange among practitioners as well as those interested to embark on FPIC within the Asia-Pacific region. All the FPIC materials are filed under various sections which consist of:

  • Principles– Introduces and explains the conceptual framework that support the elements of FPIC;
  • Guidelines – Explains the basic considerations for implementation;
  • Training manuals – Provides a step-by-step approach to build capacity;
  • Communication materials – Showcases different awareness raising materials in printed and audio-visual formats that are used to communicate FPIC, REDD+ and REDD+ activities;
  • Reports –Assesses capacity building and other related needs, and how FPIC is implemented and verified; and
  • Lessons learned and recommendations – Highlights useful lessons for future consideration.