FSC continued its dedicated approach to protect Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ rights by publishing new guidelines on free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). These guidelines focus on securing a participatory and equitable approach to decision making through the implementation of FPIC.
- The FPIC Guidelines are integral for organizations managing forestry operations on land where Indigenous Peoples or local communities have legal, traditional, or customary rights.
- FSC certificate holders must be unequivocal about any operation violating their rights, which is ensured by proper implementation of FPIC and the ultimate achievement of an FPIC agreement.
- FSC is proud to have developed a new version of FPIC Guidelines to steer certificate holders in forestry operations while holding up the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
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