FAO E-Learning: Respecting Free, Prior and Informed Consent

This module is part of FAO's Responsible Governance of Tenure E-Learning Programme.

The Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure state that responsible investments should do no harm, and safeguard against dispossession of legitimate tenure right holders. They also embody international legal provisions requiring the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) from Indigenous Peoples to any project that may affect them. This course explains the underlying principles of FPIC, and sets forth practical actions.

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Government agencies, civil society organizations, private investors, representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities can benefit from this course to ensure that FPIC is integrated into their operations.


The course consists of 5 lessons, organized in two units. Lessons last approximately 15 to 45 minutes each.

Unit 1 Foundations of FPIC

  • Lesson 1.1 Introduction to FPIC
  • Lesson 1.2 What does FPIC mean?
  • Lesson 1.3 Roles and responsibilities
  • Lesson 1.4 Getting ready for the FPIC process

Unit 2 Carrying out the FPIC process

  • Lesson 2.1 Practical guidance