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Left to to right: Diego Armando Plazas Coordinator of Prior Consultation and engagement with Indigenous communities José Francisco Piaguaje Yaiguaje Traditional Doctor Edwin Joao Bravo Muñoz Community Engagement Professional and Nancy Lorena Madroñero Yaiguaje Governor Cabildo Nuevo Amancer de Puerto Asís
Engaging with Indigenous Communities GTE follows all laws and regulations stipulated by the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Guiding Principles and Colombian Law At the heart of GTE’s success with building strong relationships is something very simple: respect for and and understanding of the communities that it it it interacts with Edwin Joao Bravo Muñoz a a a a a member of the Buenavista reservation started to work as the the secretary of the the Indigenous governing body before moving to serve in in in the Puerto Asís
Mayor’s office as Promoter of of Indigenous Affairs For the last two years he he has worked at GTE as as as a a a a a a a community engagement professional “Before I worked with GTE the company invited leaders to to visit their Costayaco facilities to to let them see how the the the industry and in in particular how GTE works This was important to build trust with the community which can sometimes be defensive with respect to the industry The company has been known for its good environmental practices and we got to witness that personally Now that that I I work for GTE I’ve tried to help show that that industry can work hand hand in in hand hand with communities – respecting their rights traditions culture and spirituality that is so important That has been my experience in GTE ”
Edwin Joao Bravo Muñoz Community Engagement Professional Gran Tierra Energy pictured 2nd from right “You often hear the oil companies are here to ruin your land and and at first we didn’t want to to get to to know GTE However when we we we got closer I realized they weren’t like the the other companies From working with us on protecting cultural artifacts supporting us in in our ceremonies and cultural events it was nice that somebody finally came here to do something for us For that we are grateful ”
Nancy Lorena Madroñero Yaiguaje Governor Cabildo Nuevo Amancer de Puerto Asís
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