Monrovia — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia and Proforest have produced a seven-minute animation that explains the significance of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for native communities in any land claims and building.
The animation which is designed for communities used to be screened and validated Wednesday, 14 December 2022 at a meeting in Monrovia that attracted civil society actors and representatives of line ministries, businesses and fee of Liberia and the Liberian media.
The animated video explains what FPIC is and when is it implemented (together with land acquisitions and enlargement, new operations, land battle, complaint remediation).
Through a storyline involving more than a few characters, the animation addresses the advantages and penalties of FPIC for the local people, the developer and the federal government, in addition to the stairs within the procedure.
Moreover, it explains a neighborhood’s rights, what they will have to be expecting from firms, and crucially the precise and talent to mention no at any level.
Speaking on the screening of the FPIC animated video, Z. Elijah Whapoe, Focal Point for the Liberia Forest Sector Project (LFSP) on the EPA stated that the Land Rights Act (2018) provides felony and regulatory backing to make certain that FPIC is needed for all builders and traders on commonplace land.
He equipped the historicity of the mission and lauded Proforest for its intervention which has amongst others helped with the improvement of a FPIC Communication Strategy, a countrywide guiding principle on reaching Free, Prior and Informed Consent in Liberia.
Mr. Whapoe disclosed that the Liberian Government has dedicated to the method and firms are mindful and wish to comply.
According to him, the animation would play vital position in executive wider engagement to make sure FPIC is known by way of all native communities.
Also talking, Helena Tetteh, Proforest stated that communities are within the riding seat as rights-holders and will have to be interested by all resolution making.
“It is also important that all community members have the right to FPIC, including women, young people, the elderly, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and other groups,” she stated.
Madam Tetteh disclosed that animation as a communications instrument can succeed in in every single place.
She disclosed that the animation shall be release in a while and therefore disbursed by way of the Liberian Government.
Additional screenings and capability construction workshops for firms and executive businesses will proceed the engagement, to turn how they may be able to successfully follow FPIC throughout the screening, approval, and tracking of land-based investments, together with agricultural and forestry, she added.
Free, Prior and Informed Consent is a idea safe by way of world human rights requirements that state, ‘all peoples have the precise to self-determination’ and ‘the precise to freely pursue their financial, social and cultural building’.
The animation used to be produced by way of Parables Studio in Ghana beneath a Proforest’s Production Landscapes Programme, the place it really works past particular person corporate provide chains to handle systemic environmental and social problems.
Proforest’s paintings in Liberia is funded by way of the United Kingdom Government beneath its Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Programme (FGMC). Proforest is supporting sustainable provide chains aligning corporate commitments on deforestation and different sustainability problems with executive coverage and civil society projects.
The FPIC used to be advanced by way of the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA beneath the Liberia Forest Sector Project, LFSP with investment from the Government of Norway