Day 1 | Dec 6   10.45 - 12.15

Ensuring free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) in REDD+

Global Environmental Forum, Japan, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto


Despite positive expectations for REDD+, the implementation of REDD+ projects raises concerns on possible negative impacts of these projects on indigenous peoples and local communities who depend on forests for their livelihoods. In response to these concerns, Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) guidelines were developed to prevent negative consequences for indigenous and local communities.

However, new international and national standards and guidelines governing REDD+ and its financing are emerging which may alter the ways FPIC is respected.

The session aimed to analyze the existing FPIC guidelines for REDD+ projects and the challenges of extending them to aid organizations and private businesses that are interested in REDD+.

The Global Environmental Forum (GEF) has developed FPIC guidelines in ongoing REDD+ projects, especially bilateral REDD+ mechanisms. To make these guidelines more practical, GEF is seeking feedback from a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in REDD+ projects. Their suggestions will feed into the final version of the guidelines. This session offered the opportunity to engage in a discussion with GEF.

Key questions addressed:

  1. Why does REDD+ need FPIC?
  2. What does a process that respects the right to FPIC consist of?
  3. How should FPIC be applied in REDD+ projects?


Background reading:

Training manual on free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) in REDD+ for indigenous peoples

Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change

FSC guidelines for the implementation of the right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)

FPIC in REDD+ Projects

Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in REDD+