Co-Chairs’ Summary : Scoping Dialogue on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

The Forests Dialogue held a two-day Scoping Dialogue on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in New Haven, CT, USA on 13–14 April 2010. The Dialogue brought together twenty-five stakeholders drawn from various parts of the forest sector, including members of Indigenous Peoples, forest products companies, intergovernmental organizations, government agencies, conservation organizations, the legal community, and labor and women’s rights organizations. With the overarching goal of creating a basis in trust for future dialogues, the purpose of this Scoping Dialogue was to identify key areas for discussion in the dialogue series, while of course not limiting future discussion to those topics. The Dialogue was hosted by the Secretariat of The Forests Dialogue, housed at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.