Reaching communities that neighbor existing or planned energy development has been a core consultation strategy for Equitable Origin, especially considering that people without access to the Internet are unable to submit comments online during public comment periods. During the initial consultation on the EO100™ Standard, Equitable Origin organized workshops in traditional format and in local indigenous languages to socialize the concept of an independent certification system, to solicit advice on the design of the system and to learn about specific social and environmental issues associated with energy development projects.
Since March 2010, we have held more than 70 workshops with local and indigenous communities affected by oil and gas exploration and production. Because of the decades of oil and gas development in Ecuador, many of these workshops were held in Ecuador's hydrocarbon regions, including Lago Agrio, Coca, Macas, Zamora, Puyo, Morona, Archidona and, Tena, as well as a regional workshop in Cumbayá in the vicinity of Quito that brought together Indigenous Peoples leaders of all the oil regions of Ecuador.
With the help of the Coordinating Organization of Indigenous Communities of the Amazon Basin (COICA) and Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin of Ecuador (CONFENIAE) we held consultations with representatives of a variety of Indigenous communities including the Achuar, Sápara, Shiviar, Shuar, Secoya, Kichwa, Cofan, Waorani and Siona.
These workshops, along with national and international outreach efforts, enabled us to build a database of 1,500 individual and institutional stakeholders who participated during the public consultation and comment period and facilitated our ongoing efforts to engage people, communities, and organizations affected by energy development.
Community Engagement and Renewable Energy