FSC Stories 2021

FSC Published New Guidelines on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

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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