Project title

Revision of FSC Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)


FSC-GUI-30-003 V1



Start date

February 2018

End date

March 2021 


To offer guidance to forest operations that are FSC certified on how to ensure conformity with Principles 3 and 4 of the FSC Principles and Criteria, with a special focus on the following target groups: Indigenous, traditional and local communities, and covering both auditors and standard development groups.

Strategic alignment

The project aims to deliver on Success Criteria 1.4.1, 2.1.4, and 2.3.3.

Working Group
  1. Mr. Nicholas Mujah Ason; Social South; 
  2. Ms. Lisbet Christoffersen Environmental North
  3. Mr. Larry Joseph Social North
  4. Mr. Mauricio Leiva Economic South
  5. Mr. Chris McDonell Economic North
  6. Ms. Maria Trujillo Environmental South
Technical experts

Ms. Isabel Garcia Drigo (Certification Body representative);


March 2021
FPIC Guidelines Version 2 Published

This final version is approved by the FSC Board of Directors on 09 March 2021 and published. 

01 November 2020

Public consultation summary for draft V2.0 now here available.

30 June 2020 - 14 August 2020
Draft 2 went on 45 days public consultation

Read the draft here.

18-24 February 2020
Fourth in-person meeting of the FPIC Working Group was held held in Tulum,Mexico
28 October 2019
Public consultation summary for draft V1.0 now available.

Download here.

03-07 July 2019
Third in-person meeting of the FPIC Working Group
May 2019
60 days public consultation on Draft 1
03-06 December 2018
Second in-person meeting of the FPIC Working Group

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25 – 28 June 2018
First in-person meeting of the FPIC Working Group
06 June 2018
The new FPIC Working Group was approved
02 March - 01 May 2018
The preliminary conclusions of the previous process were compiled in a Discussion Paper that was open for 60 days consultation
Q4 2017
The process was started with the approval of Terms of Reference (ToR) and call for applicants Read the ToR
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