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Thursday, 21 June 2018
FSC Establishes FPIC Working Group

Board meeting

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).

Name - 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 MsDonnell - Economic North
Ms Maria Trujillo- Environmental South
Ms Isabel Garcia Drigo- Technical Advisor (certification body representative)
Mr Pamela Perreault - Technical Writer
Mr Joachim Meier-Dörnberg - Project coordinator

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.

For questions about the FPIC project, please contact Joachim Meier-Dörnberg at

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