FPIC: Indigenous Peoples Perspective on Implementation

In line with UN and international legal framework, FSC’s Policies and Standards make efforts to respect, include, promote, and recognize the rights, vision, and values of Indigenous Peoples. Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) is an Indigenous Right recognized by in the UNDRIP, which allows Indigenous Peoples to give or withhold consent to a project or any investment that may affect them or their territories. This session will bring Indigenous members of the PIPC, FSC IF, and experienced international organizations to exchange perspectives on the implementation of FPIC applied to forests. It aims to contribute to the ongoing efforts of FSC to implement its new FPIC Implementation guideline to forest operations to ensure compliance with Principle 3 and 4. This dialogue will contribute to guide on upcoming actions in FSC such as Ecosystem Service, Remedy Framework, Policy for Association, Policy to Address Conversion and others.



Martin Oelz

Martin Oelz is a senior legal specialist and head of unit at the International Labour Standards Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO).  His work at the ILO since 2001 has been focusing on equality and non-discrimination, indigenous peoples, gender equality and working conditions, from the perspectives of compliance with international standards, policy development and capacity building. Prior to joining the ILO, he served as human rights adviser for the Austrian Foreign Ministry and assistant lecturer at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He holds law degrees from University of Innsbruck, Austria, and Notre Dame Law School, USA.


Alina Liviet Santiago Jimenez 

Advisor in the administrative part of the community of Ixtlán de Juárez, Oaxaca, in charge of managing resources before government agencies for communal enterprises and the Commissariat of Communal Property.  

In charge of the certification of the community's multisite chain of custody and support in the preparation of the audits of the Forest Management certification. 

Consultant for indigenous communities of the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca in management, project development, accompaniment in the formation and monitoring of communal enterprises, FSC certification, application of resources managed with national and international organizations


Anders Blom

Anders Blom has a long working experience from both business development, public service and issues related to the livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples. In the latter capacity, Anders Blom was involved in the start of the Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee, PIPC, within The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), he remained in PIPC for 7 years as a representative for Sápmi, the land of the Sami Peoples.

Mr. Blom was for a period managing director of the National Swedish Sami Association (SSR). In 2012, Anders Blom, as chairman, was responsible for building up the Protect Sapmi Foundation – a Norwegian organization with the object to assist and create capacity to Saami right holders in their dialogue with competing land interests, e.g. mining activities, windmills farms etc. Mr. Blom is still active in the Protect Sápmi Foundation as a senior adviser.

Mr. Blom has been engaged in FSC since 2004, During these years he has, among other things, been active on the board of the Swedish FSC, the standards committee that developed a new FSC standard in Norway and participated in several working groups on FPIC. Today, Anders Blom, since 2000, is chairman of the FSC Indigenous Foundation based in Panama.


Francois Dufresne, FSC Canada

Mr. Dufresne has been President of FSC Canada since 2012. Mr. Dufresne has 35 years of experience in the public and private sectors where he has a proven track record in the field of financing and investment and he has in-depth knowledge of the forest industry, both at the corporate and operational level. In his duties at SGF (Société générale de financement du Québec), he played a leading role in sustainable development initiatives relating to major expenditures in forest management, forest certification and the First Nations of Canada.


David Collard (Wardong) (Facilitator)

David is a Wadjuk/Ballardong Nyungar man from the Southwest of Western Australia and has extensive experience in all levels of government after working in the public sector for over 30 years he operates his own business as David Collard & Associates.

After working in the field addressing major issues such as employment, education and training David has developed specialist skills for engagement and manages contracts to assist industry and government to achieve such in partnership with the Aboriginal community.

Recently, David has established new programs in Aboriginal land management and that reflect the outcomes of native title and especially the Single Nyungar Claim within the Southwest region. The need to build capacity to ensure sustainable practices in Caring for Country but also to generate Aboriginal solutions to Natural Resource Management is some of the activities David works in. David is also known by this Nyungar name “Wardong” and always strives for excellence.


  • Date: Wednesday 12 October

  • Time: 14:00 - 15:30

  • Room: Jakarta 

  • Language: English, French, Spanish

  • Format: Hybrid