Three Peruvian indigenous women wearing traditional clothing with two Andean camelids.


About Us


The FSC-IF is an Indigenous-led global organization, governed by a Council with Indigenous representatives from around the world who is responsible to provide the strategic guidance of the Foundation and ensure that it operates in line with its mission, values, and principles.

FSC Indigenous Foundation Council

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim Chair of FSC-IF Council, Coordinator of the Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) and Coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC)
Peggy Smith Professor Emerita in Lakehead University’s Faculty of Natural Resources Management
Gregorio Mirabal Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Nicholas Mujah Ason General Secretary of the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA)
Kim Carstensen Director General of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Forest Stewardship Council Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee

The Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee (PIPC) is a global advisory committee of Indigenous representatives from all regions of the planet to advise the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International Board on the FSC certification system, safeguard Indigenous Peoples’ rights, enhance forest management, and support Indigenous Peoples in building FSC certified forest stewardship, increasing their market share and value.

FSC Indigenous Foundation Staff

Alejandro Paredes IPARD Program Director
Dan Sosa Director of Finance and Administration
Salina Sanou IPARD Program Deputy Director and Regional Director for Africa and Asia
Carlos Blandon IPARD Program Lead – Political Incidence, Rights and Social Participation
Silvia García Téllez IPARD Program Lead – Business Opportunities & Private Sector Engagement
Katherine Coronado Mejia IPARD Program Lead Indigenous Women and Girls Economic Empowerment (I-WEE)
Ursula Araya Private Sector Engagement Specialist
Maatal Pérez Conguache Indigenous Peoples Affairs Officer
Selina Baños Executive Coordinator for Indigenous Affairs and Program Management
Mary Donovan IPARD Program and Communication Officer
Laurence Portal IPARD Program Assistant – Capacity Development and Inclusion
Fredy Duque IPARD Program Assistant – Business Opportunities & Private Sector Engagement
Patricia Rojas IPARD Finance and Administration Manager
Luis Hurtado Yau IPARD Procurement and Sub-Awards Officer

Donors and supporters

In August 2020, FSC-IF signed the agreement to launch its first major undertaking: a Global Development Alliance (GDA) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC Global Development GmbH).
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Are you interested in joining our international team to promote Indigenous-based solutions worldwide? See our current vacancies.

Managing Director, FSC Indigenous Foundation

The Managing Director assumes the overall responsibility for developing, overseeing, and executing the Foundation’s vision as outlined in its Global Strategy 2023-2027 and will lead the executive decision-making for the organization, in coordination with the FSC IF Council Chairperson and members.

Location: Ideally Panama, but open to other locations for exceptional candidates

Reporting to: FSC Indigenous Foundation Council through the Council Chairperson

Work Percentage: 100%

Deadline: November 24, 2023

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Consultancy – Indigenous and Afro-descendant Women in Honduras Empowerment Plan

Objective: Seeking consultant firm to provide technical assistance to Indigenous Women’s Organizations, among other actors (public, private and civil society sectors), to elaborate in a participatory manner an Empowerment Plan for Indigenous and Afro-descendant Women of Honduras (PEMIAH).

Type of consulting: Consultancy firm with payments in accordance with the deliverables indicated in the payment schedule.

Contract duration: 12 months

Location: The consulting firm will perform its work mostly face-to-face in Honduras, and some activities, virtually.

Deadline: December 17, 2023

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Consultancy – Brand Design and Other Communication Products for the Indigenous Enterprise Guna Ogob in Panama

Objective: design a new brand and label for the Guna Ogob enterprise in a participatory way so it reflects Indigenous values, culture, and new ambitions of the members of this enterprise.

Contract duration: 4 months

Location: Invovles travel to Gunayala, Panama

Deadline: December 20, 2023

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Consultancy – Support the Guna Ogob enterprise on its path to formalization

Objective: guide and achieve the formalization of the enterprise Guna Ogob of the Gunayala Comarca under Panamanian laws and generate capacities in its members to comply with the legal requirements for the operation of this enterprise under the Indigenous perspective.

Contract duration: 6 months

Location: Invovles travel to Gunayala, Panama

Deadline: December 20, 2023

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