Guiding principles

Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) was founded to support peoples who live in forests and depend on them for their livelihoods. FPP aims to create a political space for them to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures. Below are the cross-cutting core concepts that guide the approach and work of FPP.

‘Free prior and informed consent’ (FPIC), is the principle that a community has the right to give or withhold its consent to proposed projects that may affect the lands they customarily own, occupy or otherwise use.
FPP works to realise forest peoples’ right to self-determination, a fundamental right of all peoples that underpins the work of the United Nations.
Gender is a cross-cutting theme in FPP’s work on securing land and territorial rights for indigenous and forest peoples, and we seek to ensure gender considerations are integral to our work.
If forest peoples are to survive and flourish, then they need secure rights to the lands, territories and natural resources that they have always depended on.