The acquisition of Amerisur and its assets in Putumayo in 2020 gave us the opportunity to continue offering our proposal for Good Neighborliness.
Successful experiences in other regions of Colombia have shown us that the starting point in securing a solid social license lies in listening, understanding and discussing neighbors’ concerns and expectations about our arrival and development of operational projects in their territories.
In agreement with the neighbors of the Platanillo block in Puerto Asis, Putumayo, and despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, in 2020 we started direct conversations, in person rather than online, on each of the issues that they consider important for a good and harmonious relationship in the territory.
We call these conversations Acuerdos por la Buena Vecindad (Good Neighborliness Agreements), and they foster agreement and understanding with our neighbors, create trust, increase the feasibility of operations in the territory and help reduce social conflict.
Acuerdos por la Buena Vecindad have important benefits in the relationship between communities and our Company: they bring clarity to the expectations of the communities and GeoPark; we identify opportunities to improve and innovate in socio-environmental management; we have clear and open dialogue; we share objective, quality information that reduces tensions in the relationship; and, above all, these agreements guarantee a long-term sustainable relationship based on trust, transparency and the generation of trust in the territory.
Through developing Acuerdos por la Buena Vecindad we have also:
In carrying out the Acuerdos de Buena Vecindad process in Putumayo we defined eight main issues with community representatives in the Platanillo block area of influence. At the publication of this report and after several months’ work, we have defined four agreements that are important for building peace, harmony and trust with the communities. Highlights of these agreements are:
Our Good Neighborliness work continues with upcoming meetings to carry on important conversations on matters such as environmental management, information and participation processes, and expectations regarding high-impact projects with social benefits. We firmly believe that the best way to achieve Good Neighborliness is holding good dialogue.