Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in REDD+: Principles and Approaches for Policy and Project Development (February 2011)

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 From the introduction:

This publication is targeted at people concerned with the design and implementation of REDD+ projects or programs. The audience includes independent community facilitators or advisors; indigenous and local community leaders; local government staff; project staff/liaison officers; private sector investors; and NGO facilitators, advocates and activists. It assumes highly literate readers with a basic level of understanding of REDD+ and focuses on the Asia-Pacific region.

Divided into three main sections, the publication begins with an overview of REDD+ and the importance of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). Next is a quick reference section that describes the development of a process that respects FPIC and summarizes key information. The final guidelines section provides more detailed information on twelve aspects or ‘elements’ of a generic process to respect the right of indigenous peoples and local communities to FPIC.

Respecting the right to FPIC is, by definition, a locally and culturally specific process in which the affected communities themselves determine the steps involved. It is therefore not possible to produce a universally applicable ‘how to do it’ guideline. This publication provides a basis for more specialized information and training materials, targeted at specific audiences in appropriate languages. It will be progressively adapted as the ‘rules of REDD+’ evolve.

There is broad agreement on the necessary elements of an FPIC process that respects community rights. This publication provides guidance on the issues that a REDD+ project proponent or policy developer should raise with affected groups to ensure that their right to FPIC is respected. It aims to set out the elements of a robust process for obtaining a community’s FPIC and to highlight areas where there is still debate and uncertainty. The publication will help readers to conform to voluntary standards or to mandatory regulations on FPIC that may eventually be adopted for REDD+ through international processes.

Given that REDD+ will often apply to relatively remote forest areas, many of the people affected by policies or activities, including their leaders, may be illiterate or semi-literate, with minimal access to mainstream media and isolated from other sources of information. Intermediaries are needed to provide this access.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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