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Collaborating with communities: Sagari project

The Sagari project is an example of collaboration with communities

El proyecto Sagari, ejemplo de colaboración con las comunidades
Repsol adapts works on a pipeline in the Peruvian Amazon to how local communities make use of the area's natural resources.

Cocoa is a highly important economic resource for the Porotobango and Kitepampani communities in the west of the Peruvian Amazon. In recent years, farmers have managed to increase productivity to 500 kg per hectare thanks to a modernization project driven by Repsol which has 79 beneficiaries and involves the installation and maintenance of 152 hectares of land. 

How did Repsol know that these communities were growing cocoa and that their productivity could be improved?

Before commencing work in such a sensitive environment, Repsol decided to draw up an in-depth study on the area where it was going to build an 18 km long pipeline between the Sagari and Kinteroni gas fields in the Machiguenga and Ashaninka communal reserves.

The conclusions drawn in the review were factored into the definitive design of the pipeline and the placement of support infrastructure. Furthermore, a biodiversity plan was drawn up with actions aimed at reducing the project's impact, as well as a plan for community relations, with initiatives to promote sustainable development.

Change of the initial location of the quarry

The initial location of a quarry was changed to distance it from a recreational zone used by the Nuevo Mundo community, beside the Urubamba river. Moreover, to reduce their activity, it was decided that alternative materials would be used for the works, prioritizing recycling, and making sure to only build infrastructures that were strictly necessary.

Reduce soil erosion to a minimum

To avoid a loss of biodiversity as well as sediment reaching rivers, which in turn would have an impact on fishing and water supply. With this objective, the company therefore identified the areas that would be more prone to suffering erosion, particularly hilltops and slopes with sand substrates, to avoid building infrastructures or working on such sites.

River transport protocol

Its aim is to protect traditional activity on rivers, such as fishing, food transport, or the sale of produce, from being affected by boats that are shipping materials. The protocol therefore regulates matters such as navigation speed, passage times, and the distances between boats.

Sowing of indigenous plants

on any lands that are affected, as soon as they are free again. The fast recovery of these lands will avoid a potential reduction of pollinating insect, invertebrate, and bird populations, essential to maintaining cocoa crops and fruit plants that grow wild in the rainforest.

Medio Ambiente: Repsol Water Tool

A pilot study

This Ecosystem Services Review put Repsol ahead of worldwide legislation in terms of biodiversity. This type of study is still not obligatory in the majority of countries, although Peru and Colombia are currently working on it and the European Union is preparing its first directive.

The review improved relations with local communities, who were offered a relations plan adapted to their needs.

The initiative also helped strengthen relations with the Peruvian Government and its Ministry of Environment, with the signing of an agreement to speed up proceedings and reduce deadlines in light of our good environmental management.

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  • With this project, we positively contribute to the United Nations' 2030 Agenda through the following SDGs: