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    Free Prior and Informed Consent: An indigenous peoples’ right and a good practice for local communities 2016

    This Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) Manual is designed as a tool for project practitioners of a broad range of projects and programmes of any development organization, by providing information about the right to FPIC and how it can be implemented in six steps.

    In an FPIC process, the “how”, “when” and “with and by whom”, are as important as “what” is being proposed. For an FPIC process to be effective and result in consent or lack of it, the way in which the process is conducted is paramount. The time allocated for the discussions among the indigenous peoples, the cultural appropriateness of the way the information is conveyed, and the involvement of the whole community, including key groups like women, the elderly and the youth in the process, are all essential. A thorough and well carried FPIC process helps guarantee everyone’s right to self-determination, allowing them to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

    This FPIC Manual will ena ble field practitioners to incorporate FPIC into project and programmes’ design and implementation, ensuring that indigenous peoples’ rights are duly respected. FPIC can be considered the “gold standard” because it allows for the highest form of participation of local stakeholders in development projects.

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    Respecting free, prior and informed consent
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    2020
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    The Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure (VGGT) state that responsible investments should do no harm, and safeguard against dispossession of legitimate tenure right holders. They also embody international legal provisions requiring the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) from Indigenous Peoples to any project that may affect them. This course explains the underlying principles of FPIC, and sets forth practical actions that government agencies, civil society organizations, land users and private investors can take to ensure that FPIC is integrated into their operations.
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    A successful process of dialogue and co-decision-making with and for Panama’s indigenous peoples
    2020
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    The Panama Country Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has promoted several initiatives with and for the country's indigenous peoples. These initiatives, thanks to their scaling-up and coordination, have given shape to FAO’s Indigenous Agenda in the country, helping to develop the economic basis of the Comprehensive Development Plan for the Indigenous Peoples of Panama. In this context, FAO is executing a project to support 19 communities belonging to six of the seven existing indigenous peoples in the country, which is financed by the Ministry of Government (MINGOB), with the support of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) and the participation of the 12 indigenous congresses and councils. This initiative aims to improve food security and reduce poverty in the participating communities, with a focus on cultural and environmental sustainability. To ensure the successful implementation of the project, an inclusive and participatory consultation process, with respectful dialogue, has been developed from its inception based on the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). It is this process and its results that are described in this document, in order to share the lessons learned and promote its replication.

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