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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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Finding Common Ground: A Critical Review of Land Use and Resource Management Policies in Ontario, Canada and their Intersection with First Nations
Scientific Paper

2015 - English - Technical

Finding Common Ground: A Critical Review of ...

Carolyn King, Fraser McLeod, Graham Whitelaw et al.


This article analyses selective land use and resource management policies in their ability to recognize the rights of First Nations and Aboriginal peoples and past Crown-First Nations relationships. This study completed a document analysis of provincial legal documents on how they address First Nation issues and areas for improvement. Findings show an urgent need for guidance on how provincial authorities improve policy on relations between First Nations and other jurisdictions.

We Have Rights: A Community Guide for Indigenous Peoples on the 2009 ADB Safeguard Policy Statement and Accountability Mechanism
Manual

This Guide focuses on the Asian Development Bank Safeguard Policy Statement of 2009 (ADB 2009 SPS) particularly its safeguard requirements for Indigenous Peoples. In addition, it features the ADB Accountability Mechanism of 2012. It also contains the principles and process of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

This book seeks to help indigenous communities and their organisations to provide their people with basic information on REDD+. It is intended as a guide in understanding climate change, REDD+ and how they relate to the recognition and exercise of the collective rights of indigenous peoples.

Out of the Conflict Zone: The Case for Community Consent Processes in the Extractive Sector
Scientific Paper

This article argues that FPIC processes must remain enduring, enforceable, and meaningful to be effective in resolving disputes between companies and communities. FPIC should benefit both the companies that have the consent of communities and benefit communities with control over resource-based development. The author argues that companies should undergo FPIC processes to tackle growing opposition to their projects in developing countries.

The Community Referendum: Participatory Democracy and the Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent to Development
Scientific Paper

2009 - English - Advanced

The Community Referendum: Participatory Demo...

Brant McGee


This article discusses the Community Referenda as a consultation strategy to achieve FPIC, in which each community member votes on a potential development project. The development and purpose of FPIC in International law is discussed in the context of mining projects in Latin America that have resulted in conflict. Community Referenda are seen as a democratic form of consultation in which the perspectives of stakeholders can be taken into account.

Brazil's Sao Luiz do Tapajos Dam: The art of cosmetic environmental impact assessments
Scientific Paper

This article describes the limitations of state conducted Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) in the context of hydroelectric dams. The social and cultural impacts are not considered by Brazilian governments who frequently address consultation as a formality. The article advocates for greater consideration of EIA’s in decision-making processes.

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