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Indigenous peoples right to free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) for the use of their lands, resources, traditional knowledge, or intellectual property (“FPIC”) is a special protection for indigenous peoples. It is a recent development in international law, although not always effectively implemented in national practice. Companies wishing to respect this right should build upon their existing consultation processes so that they can demonstrate that they obtained consent for their activities.
This report explores the usefulness and impact of adopting a free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) policy from an industry perspective for Talisman corporation. The report advocates for FPIC from the perspective of members of extractive sector corporations.