Free Prior and Informed Consent

Where natural resource development projects lack community acceptance, conflict can occur. 

Community acceptance is a prerequisite for many natural resource development projects. The right of Indigenous peoples to give (or withhold) free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) to development on or near their communities is enshrined in global norms and frameworks such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), the Equator Banks, and a growing number of corporate policies. 

RESOLVE created the FPIC Solutions Dialogue, to focus on helping companies, NGOs, and communities achieve consent. The Dialogue is a multi-sector initiative that offers practical guidance to successfully implement FPIC in community processes at extractive sector projects. We focus on real-world examples, examine challenges, exchange ideas, and distill good practices and guidance from site-based experiences to support the implementation of FPIC.

The Dialogue’s membership is composed of leaders from industry and civil society doing some of the most advanced work on FPIC implementation. Using real-world and real-time challenges, meetings and webinars feature rich discussions that have directly influenced  policies and approaches.

We produce public reports and case studies. Our featured report  – The Practice of FPIC: Insights from The FPIC Solutions Dialogue – is a pragmatic and practical guide synthesizing perspectives from NGOs, companies, and communities on how to implement best practices within complex political, social, and corporate environments. To access the guide and other FPIC Solutions Dialogue publications, please visit fpicdialogue.org.

RESOLVE launches new guide on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

RESOLVE has launched "The Practice of FPIC," a new guide capturing insights on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent from the FPIC Solutions Dialogue, a group of civil society organizations, Indigenous networks, and leading mining and oil and gas companies.

Project Closure and Communities: Challenges, Impacts, Considerations

RESOLVE hosted the FPIC Solutions Dialogue, with a presentation from the University of Queensland, to explore the social elements of closing extractives projects and considerations for FPIC implementation.

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