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FSC-GUI-30-003 V2.0


Project title

Revision of FSC-GUI-30-003 V1 FSC Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)


Joachim Meier-Dörnberg; j.meier-doernberg@fsc.org

Start date

Monday, 19 February 2018

End date

March 2020 

First consultation start date

2 March 2018

First consultation close date

2 May 2018

Organizational process assets



Purpose of the document

To offer guidance on how to ensure conformity with Principles 3 and 4 of the FSC Principles and Criteria, specifically criteria about land use rights and customary rights, to forest operations that are FSC certified; Indigenous Peoples, traditional peoples, and local communities living in and around FSC-certified operations; and FSC-accredited certification bodies auditing FSC national forest stewardship standards.

Strategic alignment


The project aims to deliver on success criteria 1.4.1, 1.4.4, 2.1.1, 2.1.4, and 2.3.3.

Working group

No. Name Sub-chamber Email contact
1. Mr. Lilian Laurin Barros Social South laurinlilianbarros@gmail.com
2. Ms. Lisbet Christoffersen Environmental North lc@ifro.ku.dk
3. Mr. Larry Joseph Social North larry.joseph@me.com
4. Mr. Mauricio Leiva Economic South Mauricio.Leiva@arauco.cl
5. Mr. Chris McDonell Economic North Chris.Mcdonell@rayonieram.com
6. Ms. Maria Trujillo Environmental South maria_yosh@yahoo.es

Technical experts

Ms. Isabel Garcia Drigo (Certification Body representative); isabel@imaflora.org

Technical writer

Ms. Pamela Perreault; p.perreault@ca.fsc.org


Date Activity Link
02 March 2018 In accordance with PRO-01-001 Development and revision of FSC normative documents, FSC opened a 60-day public consultation on critical issues in the FPIC discussion paper. Public consultation
opened on March 2 and closed on May 1, 2018, currently under analysis. Click here to read the Discussion Paper - Public Consultation Version.
06 June 2018

The new FPIC Working Group was approved to implement the revision of the Guidelines FSC-GUI-30-003 V1 FSC for the Implementation of the Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

07 August 2018

First in-person meeting of the FPIC Working Group held in Lisbon, 25 to 28 June 2018, to dicsuss the scope, work products and work plan of the FPIC Working Group and to start developing content to draft 1. of the FPIC Guidance documents.

10 December 2018

Second in-person meeting of the FPIC Working Group held in Carcavelos/Portugal, 03 to 06 December 2018, to dicsuss the content to draft V1.0 of the FPIC Guidance document. In addition to the Working Group, three liaison persons, being Leendert van der Vlist from from the Board of Directors (BoD), Peggy Smith from the Policy and Standards Committee (PSC) and Anders Blom from the Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee (PIPC) joint the meeting to support the process by bringing additional knowledge and perspective to the process.

08 March 2019 The draft V1.0 of the Guidelines FSC-GUI-30-003 V2.0 FSC for the Implementation of the Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) has been launched for a 60 days public consultation on the FSC consultation platform. Click here to read the draft V1.0 of the FSC-GUI-30-003 V2.0