This Training Manual for Indigenous Peoples on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is meant to equip indigenous peoples’ organizations, leaders, trainers and community members with the information and knowledge necessary to ensure that the right to FPIC is respected, as it:
- Tackles the concept, framework, elements and principles of FPIC from the perspective of indigenous peoples.
- Enumerates key provisions of major international legal instruments recognizing indigenous peoples’ right to FPIC.
- Mentions safeguard policies of several international financial institutions that have committed to respect FPIC.
- Presents the national legal framework in the Philippines on indigenous peoples and FPIC as an example for other countries, and case studies on how the policy has been implemented in indigenous communities.
- Includes case stories from different indigenous communities in Asia that illustrate the actual experience of indigenous peoples with projects funded by international financial institutions.
- Identifies gaps and challenges in implementing FPIC and draws lessons from these experiences, offering pointers for capability-building and more effective advocacy on indigenous peoples’ rights.
This manual aims to build the capacities of the indigenous peoples, networks and organizations to advocate and work for the effective implementation of FPIC for indigenous peoples in the activities and projects relating to REDD+. In particular, the objective of this manual is to equip indigenous peoples with the knowledge and understanding of FPIC and REDD+; and to provide a general guide to communities on the application of FPIC in REDD+ activities in upholding their rights, interests and welfare. Since the social and political environment in each country and locality varies, the use of this manual can be adjusted and customized to better fit the needs and other specific considerations of both the trainers and trainees.
This manual aims to improve the existing skills of indigenous peoples on advocacy, lobbying and negotiations. It also aims to build new generation of indigenous leaders who can advocate for indigenous peoples in climate change negotiations, including REDD+ processes. The manual is suitable for indigenous peoples, indigenous leaders and activists, indigenous peoples’ organizations and civil society organizations engaging in the climate change negotiations and beyond.