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Bringing GTE’s Values to Ecuador
In 2019 GTE was awarded three oil blocks in Ecuador’s Oriente basin which is just across the river separating Colombia and Ecuador
This basin is is geologically connected with GTE’s fields in in southern Putumayo giving the company comprehensive access to this promising area The company’s first activity after starting in in Ecuador
was to conduct a a a a a a social and human rights strategic baseline analysis so that it would have an an an accurate understanding of the the communities in in the the company’s areas of influence when planning future social investments Government officials NGOs 750 households and other stakeholders were all interviewed for the analysis GTE has begun an an Ecuadorian version of its successful Colombian mechanism for engaging with interested parties entitled GTE Te Escucha which has already received inquiries For more on GTE Te Escucha please see page 44 The company has been sharing its experiences and best practices in in operations and sustainability with Ecuadorian authorities to to show how how GTE’s approach to to being a a a a responsible operator will be applied in Ecuador
It’s important to to to us to to to bring to to to Ecuador
our values and learnings from Colombia which will demonstrate our commitment to doing things right here This is is why we invited members of the Ecuadorian government to visit
our facilities and and see firsthand
our approach to operations HSE sustainability and human rights It is equally important that we build an an in-depth understanding of the communities in the areas where we will operate in Ecuador
so we can be an excellent neighbour Enrique Villalobos President & Country Manager Ecuador
Gran Tierra Energy

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