Indigenous Rights and Resources Hub

Indigenous Rights and Resources Hub

Equitable Origin and the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) have developed an online Indigenous Rights and Resources Hub (“the Resource Hub”) that Indigenous Peoples can use to understand, assert, and safeguard their rights in the context of natural resource development. The Resource Hub serves as a virtual library of documents, studies, tools and information to support Indigenous Peoples in participating in and making decisions about land-use and natural resource development. More recently, in the context of COVID-19, the Resource Hub has included information and resources on indigenous community responses to the pandemic.

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A History of Community Engagement

Reaching communities that neighbor existing or planned energy development has been a core consultation strategy for Equitable Origin in the development of the EO100™ Standard for Responsible Energy Development, especially considering that people without access to the Internet would have been unable to submit comments during our online public comment periods. As part of the initial consultation activities on the EO100™ Standard, Equitable Origin organized workshops in traditional formats and in local indigenous languages to introduce the concept of an independent certification system, to solicit advice on the design of the system and to better understand the specific social and environmental concerns that communities had about energy development projects.

Between 2010 and 2012, we 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. We also conducted workshops with indigenous organizations in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Brazil.

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 over 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.