Puerto Asis, Putumayo – As part of the licensing process of the Bienparado Development Area (AD) in the PUT-8 block in Putumayo, we took part in the Informative Meeting convened by National Environmental Licensing Authority (ANLA) last Saturday, March 11 to address concerns related to this project.
Over 390 people attended the meeting at the Comfamiliar Sports Center and the Bajo Mansoyá community center, and another 210 people followed proceedings on ANLA’s social media accounts.
ANLA and GeoPark representatives explained the technical scope of the project, its main characteristics, the environmental impacts and the measures envisaged to prevent, mitigate, correct or compensate them. Officials from both organizations answered more than 100 questions and concerns.
“We are pleased to have held this meeting to promote greater participation by everyone interested in the project, and we value the face-to-face and online attendance of hundreds of people and the concerns they raised that help us enhance our process,” our Environmental Manager Fabiola Peña said afterwards. “The day went really well, and we’re confident that the Environmental Public Hearing will also go well,” said Peña, who presented on the project’s environmental impacts and management measures.
This licensing process continues with the Environmental Public Hearing on April 15 at the same places as the Informative Meeting. Anyone wanting to attend can register as participants by 4:00pm April 12 by completing this form, calling citizen contact line (601) 2540100 or ANLA toll-free at 018000112998, or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Informative Meeting and the Environmental Public Hearing are mechanisms that ANLA makes available to promote citizen participation in projects subject to environmental licensing.