Throughout the month of April, Mainstream’s Community Relations team in Chile carried out the Early Citizen Participation process with the communities that live in the areas surrounding the Caman wind farm project that the company is currently developing in the Los Ríos region in southern Chile.
The aim of this process is to provide information to communities during the early development stages of the project and to listen to their concerns and comments before the project enters into the environmental assessment stage. The team held meetings with the different indigenous communities, Neighbourhood Associations, municipalities and organisations located in the vicinity of the project site during which they presented the project to the communities. They also discussed the social and environmental impacts that have been identified, as well as the measures and voluntary commitments proposed by Mainstream to mitigate any such impacts.
Andrea Cárcamo, one of Mainstream’s Community Relations Executives shared her thoughts on the process. “The meetings were a great success. The participants really appreciate the work that Mainstream has done to build up close ties with the communities and the company’s willingness to provide information, discuss concerns and consider their opinions. They really value the ongoing efforts that Mainstream Renewable Power has made to involve them in the development of the project.”
In addition to meetings with communities, the team also presented to the local councils where they met with representatives from the different divisions of the Environmental Department. Building up long-term relationships with local communities through early and transparent dialogue is one of the cornerstones of our business and these meetings are an essential part of this process.