An International Training on Free, Prior and Informed Consent for REDD+

An International Training on Free, Prior and Informed Consent for REDD+

An International Training on Free, Prior and Informed Consent for REDD+

5 to 9 November 2012, RECOFTC Bangkok

Free, Prior and Informed Consent for REDD+

The concept and practice of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) has only been recently considered as an addition to the ongoing debate for designing and implementing projects concerned with REDD+. The most common interpretation of FPIC is derived from the right of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in particular to self determination, and is closely linked to the right of all people to their land and territories based on customary and historical connection to them. FPIC is intended to allow for people with recognized land rights to reach a consensus and make binding decisions on the use of that land for development. Where the right to FPIC is established, communities do not only have the right to say “no”, but in deciding to say “yes”, they could also negotiate the terms of engagement under which the proposed developments on their land will be carried out.

REDD+ programming is rapidly evolving and new international and national standards and guidelines governing REDD+ and its financing are emerging that may alter the landscape for how the right of indigenous and local people is respected. Based on the international conventions, national laws, and voluntary industry standards, the communities affected by REDD+ have rights to give or withhold consent for the field activities or policy, and management changes involved in a REDD+ project or program. The right to FPIC requires governments and project proponents to ensure that REDD+ is implemented in a way which fully respects the rights of affected communities. There will, therefore, be a growing need for government officers, field facilitators and project proponents to understand and accommodate meaningful and verifiable processes that respect the right of indigenous peoples and local communities to FPIC in REDD+ programming.


This training course aims to develop basic understanding of FPIC among government officers, field facilitators, and project officers who are directly and indirectly involved in the design and implementation of REDD+ projects.

At the end of this course, participants should be able to…

1. Share values of FPIC in the design and implementation of REDD+ projects under their contexts.

2. Examine key elements of a generic process to respect the right of indigenous peoples and local communities to FPIC.

3. Analyze key issues and concerns for integrating FPIC into REDD+ design and implementation process.

4. Develop potential interventions to address key issues and concerns for applying FPIC in their working contexts.

Course Design and Process

The course is designed to reflect and build upon the experiences of participants. A variety of participatory training approaches will be used, including case studies, interactive discussions, and group exercises to enhance understanding of the FPIC values, elements, and their implication in REDD+ mechanism. Course facilitators will encourage an atmosphere of active and reflective learning. Training sessions will facilitate the learning and sharing of knowledge between participants.

Course contents

To ensure participant have sufficient opportunity to learn and reflect on key components of FPIC in REDD+, the course is divided into four main modules.

Module 1: Introduction to REDD+ Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

Module 2: Generic procedures for Respecting the Right to FPIC

Module 3: Basic elements of FPIC in REDD+

Module 4: Integration of FPIC in the design and implementation of REDD+ projects

Who should attend

This training is targeted at people concerned with the design and implementation of REDD+ projects or programs. They should include REDD+ project proponents, independent community facilitators or advisors; indigenous and local community leaders; local government staff; project staff/liaison officers; private sector investors; and NGO facilitators, advocates and activists. Participants are expected to be fully conversant in natural resource management with basic understanding and up-to-date knowledge of REDD+ in their working contexts.

The number of participants will be limited to 15 participants because the course requires a lot of interactive discussions and exercises.

Venue: RECOFTC, Bangkok, Thailand

Date/Duration: 5 days from 5 to 9 November 2012. Deadline of application is on 12 October 2012

Cost: 1500 USD per head exclusive of accommodation and meals. The fee covers tuition and course materials. RECOFTC's Bangkok facilities include private and air-conditioned room accommodation for an additional US$30/day per participant for the duration of all the courses in Bangkok.

Registration Form

Responsible person: Mr. Ronnakorn Triraganon (