The construction of a 18-kilometer long pipeline between the Sagari and Kinteroni gas fields inside the Machiguenga and Ashaninka communal reserves is an example of collaboration between the company and the communities in the region. The plan focused on maintaining the integrity and quality of the forest and to protect the habitats during the construction of the pipeline. The procedures designed for its construction were shared with local communities and contractors, as communication and training were key elements of the project.
Before the work began in such a sensitive environment, we conducted a number of studies to analyze the depth of the area where the pipeline would be built.
A team of specialists was set up for the design, execution, and supervision of the programs. An environmental impact assessment, an environmental management plan, and a biodiversity action plan were carried out, which made it possible to gain a better understanding of the natural resources in the area, how local communities use them, and how the project would affect them in order to design the mitigation measures.
A community relations plan was also implemented which involved local experts from native communities to apply the procedures in the construction phase.
With the support of the NGO Flora and Fauna International, work groups were organized with the local communities to review and improve the designed procedures. All of the information was taken into account in the final design of the pipeline, the location of the support infrastructures, and the design of the mitigation measures.
Following the impact mitigation hierarchy, the following measures were implemented:
As part of the training program, awareness talks were given on biodiversity and ecosystem services aimed at the workers involved in building the pipeline.
The procedures were part of the management systems of the contractors in charge of the project's construction. Additionally, we designed a data capture tool that enabled us to monitor the implementation of the mitigation impact measures developed.
"We currently have over 45 people in the field. Peruvian biologists, specializing in all areas, have taken part. However, we cannot cast aside how local collaborators from nearby communities have supported Repsol. Without them, this important work wouldn't have been possible, given the vital knowledge that they share with us."
Director of Environmental Studies at Walsh Peru
The initiative represented a challenge and an opportunity at the same time. It allowed us to develop a biodiversity protection plan in the Amazon rainforest. This plan is a practical example of applying the mitigation hierarchy in which specific goals were set. It also enabled us to obtain mitigation indicators that can be used as benchmarks for biodiversity management in projects by the hydrocarbon industry in Amazonian ecosystems.
In order to achieve this objective, it was fundamental to train the project team, which required an investment of 1,500 hours of training covering biodiversity matters. There was also a team of more than 45 biologists from every specialized area who were responsible for supervising and implementing measures to protect the zone's wildlife.
As proof of our efforts, early in 2018 our company received an award for boosting collaborative management with the community in Machiguenga Communal Reserve.
This book includes guidelines, procedures, and actions that are part of the impact mitigation hierarchy, with the aim of avoiding, mitigating, and restoring potential impacts on the biodiversity of the flora and fauna in the megadiverse indigenous communities of Porotobango, Kitepampani, and Nuevo Mundo.
With this project, we positively contribute to the United Nations' 2030 Agenda through the following SDGs: