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FSC Establishes FPIC Working Group

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Six international members and a representative of an accredited FSC certification body will revise our guide on how to obtain free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) within the scope of FSC forest management certification.

The guide is for forest communities, forest management certificate holders, and FSC-accredited certification bodies. And it aims to state as clearly as possible how relevant parties can participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of an FPIC process that adheres with principle three and principle four of the FSC Principles and Criteria and their respective international generic indicators (IGIs).

The first version of the guide – FSC-GUI-30-003 FSC Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) – was first published in 2012. On 1 June 2018, a group of experts that includes land use and customary rights from different regions of the world, was tasked with revising the current guide and developing a second version by 31 December 2019. The working group members are listed below.


Sub-chamber in the FSC system

Mr. Lilian Laurin Barros

Social South

Ms. Lisbet Christoffersen

Environmental North

Mr. Larry Joseph

Social North

Mr. Mauricio Leiva

Economic South

Mr. Chris McDonell

Economic North

Ms. Maria Trujillo

Environmental South

Ms. Isabel Garcia Drigo

Technical advisor (certification body representative)

Ms. Pamela Perreault

Technical writer

Mr. Joachim Meier-Dörnberg

Project coordinator

For questions about the FPIC project, please contact Joachim Meier-Dörnberg at j.meier-doernberg@fsc.org.

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