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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.

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The Gate

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...


Current Projects

PERU  E-Tech aquatic toxicologist Diana Papoulias tests for dissolved oxygen, ph, conductivity at a monitoring station Read on...

PERU

 E-Tech aquatic toxicologist Diana Papoulias tests for
dissolved oxygen, ph, conductivity at a monitoring station Read on...

ECUADOR In Ecuador we are evaluating proposed large-scale, fast-tracked metal mining projects in the highly biodiverse Cordillera del Condor region in southeastern Ecuador in Amazonian headwaters. Read on...

ECUADOR

In Ecuador we are evaluating proposed large-scale, fast-tracked metal mining projects in the highly biodiverse Cordillera del Condor region in southeastern Ecuador in Amazonian headwaters. Read on...

Latest News

News

August 3, 2017 excellent article in the Guardian by David Hill on the complex oil pollution situation in Loreto Peru Amazon Basinthat is an E-Tech top priority.  It focuses on the larger picture and stands out for it's careful research.  

Cananea Mine Rio Sonora Spill Aftermath

 

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

APRIL 24, 2017 LIMA, PERU

 Planning for the first public action to cleanup under 2015 indigenous federation-government treaty that E-Tech helped negotiate and now implement. 

 E-Tech signs agreement to work towards public access laboratory

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. 

 Oct- Nov 2016: Workshops  with Escuela Politecnica Nacional, Morona Santiago

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).

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