DIALOGUE, PARTICIPATION AND STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION
Permanent dialogue and meetings with our neighbors are essential in maintaining our social license, and we are convinced that this sets us apart.
|Type of information||N° of meetings||Attendees|
|Attending to requests and complaints||33||469|
|Transparency meetings with authorities||8||171|
|Induction of stakeholders||30||175|
|Community benefit programs and social investment||103||1,375|
|Presentation of contractors||87||1,950|
|Follow-up meetings with communities||28||609|
|Meetings with communal action committees||17||110|
|Cafés de la Amistad get-together meetings||28||113|
|Cafés Empresariales corporate get-together meetings||5||81|
|Social dialogue in the Juntos Sumamos program||20||480|
We continue our quarterly Encuentros por la Transparencia transparency meetings, creating the opportunity for mutual understanding and early risk management in the municipalities of Villanueva and Tauramena. We implemented them in the villages where we operate, positioning them as a constructive dialogue between GeoPark field areas leaders and the local grassroots communities.
Líderes por la Buena Convivencia Program
In 2019, we transformed the approach to conflicts with rural and urban leaders of Villanueva, Casanare, through the implementation of the ESPERE schools of forgiveness and reconciliation and the Líderes por la Buena Convivencia program in partnership with the Fundación para la Reconciliación [Reconciliation Foundation], developing 10 workshops that totaled 240 hours of training and involved 60 community leaders. We are also making progress in the consolidation of a partnership in 2020 with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to promote and facilitate sustainable development in the municipalities of influence. This is based upon four strategies: the construction of regional agendas from the perspective of the Sustainable Development Goals; community capacity building; strengthening of institutional capacities; and creating spaces and processes for multi-stakeholder dialogue with an ethnic focus for the prevention and management of conflict.
Relevant dialogue with a differential
During the activities to complete its environmental impact study, the Morona Project privileged a model of dialogue and understanding for the participation of the indigenous communities in the area of influence, valuing and integrating their opinions in the environmental management, social and operational plans. The Communication, Information and Consultation Program of the Morona Project was designed and developed taking into account cultural elements of the local indigenous populations, with the purpose of achieving better intercultural communication and a higher level of effectiveness of the messages and related processes.
|Type of information space||N° of meetings||Attendees|
|Meetings with native communities (achuar/wampis)||5||140|
|Meetings with indigenous federations (Achuar/ Wampis / Shapra)||8||200|
|Meetings with government organizations (RSDM)||3||4|
|Meetings with private legal entities (NGOs, corporations or others)||2||40|
With the identification of the cultural characteristics of the indigenous communities, we defined four strategic elements: the use of communicational support tools such as images and diagrams; avoiding the displacement of inhabitants outside the local area; participation in the public spaces of community meetings; and encouraging the active participation of the whole community in the organization and development of the meetings.
Being good neighbors
As part of our Construyendo la Buena Vecindad strategy in Ecuador, once we were awarded the participation contract for the Espejo block we started the dialogue process and held 13 meetings with national, regional and local authorities as well as five meetings with communities in the Espejo block area of influence that had 454 attendees from pre-cooperatives and communities. We discussed the principles and future of a harmonious relationship that from the very start includes the concerns, expectations and proposals of these communities.
|Type of information space||N° of meetings||Attendees|
|Meetings with Mothers’ Club, Villa Punta Delgada school, inclusive practices and the sports club||12||28|
|Meetings with the Women and Mining work group||6||30|
|Meetings with the Mayor’s Office||2||4|
In 2019 we maintained conversations with key actors for our activities in the province of Neuquen. With the ADENEU SME Center, which promotes the development of local entrepreneurs, we promoted joint management opportunities for the benefit of the Neuquen business community. Knowing the opinion of the neighbors in our operations is also essential. For this reason, we maintain a permanent dialogue with representatives of the Rural Elementary School No. 176 in Challaco, the community closest to our activities in Neuquen.
In 2019 we maintained contact with representatives and residents of Assu municipality, in the rural community of Volta, and held a formal meeting with 47% of the inhabitants (28 people) and representatives of the Secretariat of Land Affairs, the Pastoral Land Commission and the Ministry of Agriculture of the City Council to present GeoPark and the programmed activities, and to meet the needs of the local community. In 2019, road improvements were made that benefited the Assu community.
In the same way, and as part of the communication and social relations plan to inform about the beginning and scope of our activities, we held meetings with the representatives of the Narandiba and Tabocas de Dentro communities. We provided legal assistance and shared good practices with neighbors and started conversations with community leaders and companies in the area to evaluate the possible improvement in 2020 of roads and shared access points for the benefit of these communities.