Peru steps up hydrocarbons impact oversight

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Peru's government has taken further steps to mitigate the socio-environmental impact of hydrocarbons activity.

In the latest effort, environmental monitoring agency OEFA approved a directive to identify sites impacted by such operations in the Pastaza, Tigre, Corrientes and Marañón river basins, in the Loreto department.

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The approval includes an annex for a methodology to estimate the level of risk to health and the environment at these sites.

The measure comes amid the signing of an agreement (pictured) between a high-level multisector government commission and representatives of indigenous groups Achuar, Quechua and Kichwa related to block 192.

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Immediate actions include the start of a program in the coming days of healthcare service and the creation of a workgroup to prepare a development plan for the four basins,

With regard to prior consultation, it was agreed that in the case of a supreme decree that approves the signing of a new hydrocarbons E&P contract that could impact indigenous rights, the state will proceed pursuant to that established in prior consultation resolution 209-2015-MEM/DM, International Labor Organization agreement 169 on the rights of indigenous communities and other legal norms.