The FPIC Solutions Dialogue is a multi-sector initiative to develop practical guidance to support free, prior, informed consent (FPIC) community processes relating to mining, oil and gas projects.
RESOLVE is the convener and program secretariat. Program participants are working in partnership to identify FPIC guidance derived from site-based experiences. However, participation in the program does not suggest any formal or legal partnership, nor does participation in the development or evaluation of case studies suggest endorsement.
RESOLVE is convening and facilitating a series of conversations, case studies and pilot projects on strategies and tools for implementing FPIC and broad community acceptance – beginning with a NGO-Industry dialogue in September 2012. The project seeks to help communities and companies work together to navigate issues of community acceptance and consent on development projects.
There are multiple noteworthy FPIC initiatives currently underway. The focus of this project is to engage stakeholders (including companies, communities and civil society) to build a consent toolkit from site- and evidence-based lessons stemming from case studies, pilot projects and other cooperative, interest-based opportunities.
The best way to identify and develop practical guidance on FPIC is a) to work together at sites to learn from experience and test approaches, and b) to identify challenging issues and work in small groups to develop potential solutions. With this in mind, our program contains three elements:
- Case Studies—site-based learning from past and current projects.
- Pilots—testing new approaches at active sites.
- Issue Resolution & Scenario Planning—to develop guidance on site-based FPIC challenges through organized dialogue on key elements of F, P, I and C, as well as cross-cutting issues.
- Community of Practice—We will share our findings with a broader community of practice (interested company officials, consultants, NGO staff, community leaders, academics, etc.) and encourage dialogue and information sharing.
- FPIC Dialogue—A leadership group of 20-30 leaders from civil society, indigenous communities and companies, who will meet to select the projects and issues, review findings and guidance from smaller working groups and provide direction on the scope and outputs of the program.
- Steering Committee—A subset of the FPIC Dialogue, selected by the Dialogue, to guide the program between Dialogue meetings. The Steering Committee is comprised of 7 members: 2 from companies, 2 form NGOs, two from indigenous organizations/communities, and RESOLVE.
- Guidance notes from case studies and pilots.
- White papers from issue resolution and scenario planning, and any other research papers.
- A vibrant, engaged community of practice.
- A website that is seen as a go-to resource for practitioners.