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E-Tech International is a nonprofit organization based in New Mexico, USA, that provides environmental technical support to communities in less industrialized countries on the potential environmental impacts of large development projects. We work closely with partners in indigenous federations; local, state, and national governments; civil society; academia; and industrial professionals, as well as with the companies proposing or conducting the development. E-Tech is transparent in approach and becomes involved at the request of the communities and only when we feel our presence can positively influence the lives of community members.
Free, Prior and Informed Consent and the Importance of E-Tech's Work
Peter Kostishack is program director for Global Greengrants Fund and a board member of E-Tech and International Funders for Indigenous People (IFIP). On February 25, 2014, Peter opened a funders' briefing in San Francisco, co-sponsored by Swift and MacArthur Foundations, IFIP and Global Greengrants Fund, on the use of science in supporting indigenous free, prior, and informed consent with an unusual metaphor. To Peter, this consent is a gate with three faulty hinges. Click here to read on...
This trip report presents our interpretation of several meetings with E-Tech, Bill Steen of the Canela Project, and Sonoran community members regarding technical investigations of and reactions to the pregnant leach solution spill from Grupo México (GRUPO MÉXICO)’s Cananea Buenavista Mine on August 6-8, 2014. The spill sent highly acidic, metal-rich mine waters into the Rio Bacanuchi and the Rio Sonora. Reports can be read and downloaded from our News Page
On October 23, 2016, E-Tech director Dick Kamp (left in photo) signed an agreement in Iquitos, Loreto, Peru with Rector Heiter Valderrama Freyre of the Universidad de Amazonia Peruana (UNAP) that commits the two institutions to cooperate in attempting to develop a certified laboratory that can provide environmental analysis to indigenous communities in the region facing crude oil contamination as well as a curriculum to help strengthen the capacity of the communities to remediate oil pollution.
On October 27, 2016, Ricardo Segovia and Lupita de Heredia traveled to Macas, Morona Santiago to provide technical expertise for the prefecture's workshop on large-scale mining impacts. Several days later, petroleum engineering students at the Escuela Politecnica Nacional in Iquitos enthusiastically welcomed the E-Tech'profs' (Ricardo Segovia, Ann Maest, Diana Papoulias and Lupita de Heredia).