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...
2015 for E-Tech was a year where a number of our interventions “came unstuck”, sometimes after over a decade. Various commitments to work in Ecuador, Peru, and newly-oldly in Mexico became defined, through hard work on behalf of those affected by large scale extractive industry environmental impacts.