a) Community and territorial relations
The Gente Grande project seeks to be a regional project with a global vocation that contributes to Magallanes’ development with direct investment, integrating harmoniously with the territory and the inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego, mainly from the communes of Primavera and Porvenir.
To enhance the relationship with the people and the territory, the Gente Grande project considers initiatives such as the following:
- Early engagement with the communities of Primavera and Porvenir to know their expectations and thus concretely contribute to the community, seeking and encouraging economic, social, and cultural development projects.
- Working to educate and train the inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego to generate a qualified technical and professional workforce, who can work in both the local Green H2 industry and other industries.
- Promoting local labor recruitment and the development of local suppliers
- Supporting the development of local initiatives whose main objective is the decontamination of Tierra del Fuego.
- Safeguarding the inclusion and strengthening of the heritage and cultural aspects that have given identity to Tierra del Fuego.
TEG Chile, alongside previous initiatives, has worked together with the Prisma Austral de Magallanes Foundation to develop projects that support the research, conservation, and promotion of the local ecosystem. At the same time, it seeks to generate scientific data and support initiatives that allow a better understanding of the environment and surroundings
b) Strategic principles of working with the communities and territory
TEG Chile’s work with communities and the territory is based on strategic principles that guide the company’s performance.
This seeks to promote that the pre-investment phase’s initiatives and project ideas are participative and that the plurality of interests and the diversity of actors with capacity and mandate are duly represented in their formulation to facilitate and legitimize the chosen actions
Plurality and Diversity
The initiatives must ensure that they are plural, namely, that they allow expression of the entire range of interests, opinions, and perspectives; and also, that they are diverse, allowing the inclusion of all the actors considering their demographic characteristics.
This refers to the fact that the representatives of the actors and groups involved are validated by those they represent, to ensure that they have the capacity, legitimacy, and the necessary mandate to effectively represent their interests.
Respect and strengthening of social capital
This should respect and strengthen existing networks and links between the territory’s actors, as well as their organizations, and not generate dynamics that weaken or destroy them.
Skills need to be trained and support given to participants, through training and technical support processes to improve understanding of the process and its scope, among other aspects.
Initiatives should be developed from the early stages of the process, making it possible for their effects to be visible throughout the project’s life cycle.
This refers to those initiatives that make it possible to engage with the project through the delivery or generation of relevant information for the environmental assessment process.
This refers to processes that involve an escalation in the development of objectives, so that the initiatives maintain their continuity and relevance over time.
The initiatives should seek to generate information flows for all actors, in a complete, truthful, and timely manner.
This refers to initiatives that allow all those responsible to have access to the information, which is updated and relevant to the project, and that does not put the interests of the owner at risk.
Founded and plural
This refers to initiatives that provide information based on high-quality data and knowledge
- Local development and circular economy:
The initiatives should promote the development of communities in their territories, preferably throughout the project’s life cycle. Synergy with other initiatives should be sought, complementing the vision and local development plans, and allowing, as far as possible, the enhancement of the social and economic opportunities for the territory’s inhabitants. The potential to sustainably expand opportunities for communities should be considered in the initiatives and aim to develop their potential further leading to a better quality of life. This should be based on respect for their territory, their cultural identity and the major territorial contexts and to contribute positively to those aspects that support future local development and territorial cohesion.
Medium and long-term planning and vision
Initiatives must contribute to territorial development, engage with the local long-term vision, and be capable of contributing to the evolution of a shared understanding in harmony with the communal, regional, and national planning instruments.
Encouraging the deployment of their potential and improving the quality of life
Development actions should synergistically focus on the effective realization of local development potential whilst respecting both the territory’s objectives and the aims of the different State institutions. This will seek to address the key aspects of productive development, collective benefits, and the advancing of local energy development.
Local impact assessment
Preparation of baseline background information that supports the evaluation and the social impact of actions that look to promote local development
c) Environmental Management
One of TEG Chile’s core objectives is the consistent and effective environmental management and protection at all stages of the project. At this stage, the work in this area is focused on developing campaigns for the project’s Environmental Impact Study.