PRESS RELEASE

Academics and experts conducted citizen oversight of oil exploitation in Yasuní

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Press release from the Ecuadorian government

A group of eight experts in oil, social and environmental issues, linked to several universities and non-governmental organizations in the country, traveled the Yasuní National Park between April 16 and 19, 2018, with the purpose of carrying out a Citizen Veeduría to the activities of hydrocarbon exploitation that develop in blocks 31 and 43.

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For three days the experts visited the ports of embarkation; the process center; the crude pumping station; the Anenke and Apaika oil platforms of block 31 and the oil platforms Tambococha D and Tiputini A, of block 43; held meetings with Petroamazonas technical teams and contractors; They walked the access roads to the platforms; They met with community leaders and visited the "Choco Samona" production project in the Samona community.

These activities made it possible to verify directly in the field technical aspects of oil operations, compliance with the environmental management plan and the community relations plan, by Petroamazonas; and progress in the implementation of protection measures for indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation, under the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Religious Affairs. They also learned about the activities of monitoring, research and conservation of the biodiversity of the Yasuní National Park, developed by the Ministry of the Environment, in coordination with Ecuadorian universities.

After three days of work the specialists highlighted the policy of environmental responsibility that has been handled in the oil exploitation of the two fields, which has minimized the impacts on the environment and has avoided pollution problems in this area, declared Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO.

Petroamazonas' professionalism in petroleum management was also highlighted, with Ecuadorian technical staff that has adapted and developed appropriate technologies for the area.

Regarding social issues, experts recognize the appropriate management of measures to monitor and protect peoples in voluntary isolation, as well as compensatory measures and support for the development of local communities.

Among the main recommendations of the citizen oversight group, the need to optimize coordination among State institutions is highlighted in order to strengthen public policies aimed at reducing the poverty indicators of local communities. Likewise, it is recommended to move towards a more systematic citizen control mechanism, which gives continuity to the process that is underway, with the participation of academic centers in the country.

The Citizen Monitoring, coordinated by the National Secretariat for Policy Management, is a citizen control mechanism that is carried out within the framework of compliance with the resolutions of the Declaration of National Interest for oil exploitation in blocks 31 and 43 of the Park Yasuní National, approved by the National Assembly on October 3, 2013.

The group of experts that participated in the Citizen Veeduría consisted of:

  • Teresa Palacios - Central University of Ecuador
  • Ramiro Herrera, Polytechnic School of Chimborazo - Northern Amazon Extension
  • Xabier Villaverde, Ecuatoriano Populorum Progressio Fund
  • Vinicio Melo, National Polytechnic School
  • Fausto Ramos, Equinoctial Technological University
  • José Cóndor, Central University of Ecuador
  • Luis Suárez, The Nature Conservancy
  • Edgar Fuertes, Expert in water quality

This press release was published using an automatic translation system.