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The oil and gas industry has a responsibility to respect communities and Indigenous Peoples in areas where it operates. Indigenous Peoples are distinct social groups that warrant special consideration, but oil and gas companies should consider all social groups and communities who are situated close to, and are impacted by, their operations. IPIECA provides social practitioners with tools and guidance for engaging with communities in host countries and facilitates peer-learning between members on good practice and emerging issues.

The oil and gas industry and Indigenous Peoples have been increasingly coming into contact with each other over the past few decades as the search for new oil and gas resources has led to more exploration and development in lands that Indigenous Peoples traditionally occupy or customarily use. IPIECA facilitates the sharing of member experiences on engaging with Indigenous Peoples and monitors policy and legal context, key issues such as Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) and emerging good practices in relation to the oil and gas industry and its interaction with Indigenous People.  

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