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Free, Prior and Informed Consent Workshop in Nampula Mozambique

Oxfam and UNDP organized a capacity building workshop on Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in Nampula, Mozambique from 28- 29 June, 2017. This workshop brought together forty experts of Civil Society Organizations from the provinces of Manica, Cabo Delgado and Nampula that work on natural resource management and access, human rights and extractive industry.

Although there is no universally accepted definition of FPIC, FPIC is recognized in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration says that “States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources”.

The workshop emphasized that FPIC requires that people must be adequately informed about large projects in a timely manner and given the opportunity to approve or reject projects prior to their commencement. It is imperative that people must be front and center of natural resource management decision-making that affects them. When faced with mining, logging/forestry, dams, palm oil, agribusiness or aquaculture projects, communities have rights that must be respected by their government and by companies.

In this context, the EGP workshop was designed to strengthen and build the capacity of community activists, community based organizations (CBOs), national non-government organizations (NGOs) and community educators to support communities to understand Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). Specifically, it aimed to:

  • Learn about free, prior and informed consent (history, advantage & disadvantages);
  • Understand the position of regional and international institutions on FPIC
  • Understand the business case for FPIC
  • Understand the requirements in Mozambican law regarding land rights;
  • Develop some strategies to strengthen community rights to land using FPIC as a standard

The workshop included sessions on national and international FPIC, land rights in Mozambican law, limitations for protecting community rights as well as the development of civil society strategies to strengthen community rights to land. The training succeeded in providing a platform for informing, preparing and equipping the civil society network on free, prior and informed consent.

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Comment by Marit Kitaw on July 10, 2017 at 16:11

Thanks Jasmin for posting this. 

It was a very interactive workshop where CSOs  and community based organizations and activists from 3 different provinces with major mining, oil and gas, exchanges on good practices, their roles as CSOs and outlined the next steps about how they will share what they learned about FPIC to the communities. The UNDP-Oxfam collaboration was excellent and we look forward to more collaborations on this theme!

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