With the donation, La Esmeralda Nature Reserve becomes an environmental heritage of the Casanareño people of Colombia. The event was celebrated with a photo exhibit.
GeoPark taught the “Introduction to the Oil Industry” course for hydrocarbon professionals, industry regulators and university students completing their studies in the city of Punta Arenas.
With the support of GeoPark, the International Financial Corporation (IFC) made a presentation in Argentina of the publication called “Unlocking Opportunities for Women and Business: A Toolkit of Actions and Strategies for Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies.” The IFC-developed toolkit is designed to help companies in the sector identify areas for improvement and address the obstacles that limit greater gender inclusion and equality in the workforce.
As part of the initiative on gender stereotypes promoted by the Women and Mining Bureau in Chile, GeoPark carried out an activity for girls and boys between the ages of three and four from Barrio Prat in Punta Arenas with the aim of demonstrating that both men and women have the same conditions to do field work.
For two months, GeoPark visited schools in the Colombian municipalities of Tauramena and Villanueva to train more than 500 young people in road safety, helping them to be safe on the street.
For the third year in a row, GeoPark is promoting the "Knowing GeoPark" program in Chile, through which children from schools near the Fell Block are invited to visit the operations and learn more about the oil industry.
More than 200 children and young people from the Colombian municipalities of Villanueva and Tauramena will have access to the program of James Rodríguez’s Colombia Somos Todos Foundation, which is aimed at developing inclusive environments through recreation and sport that strengthen young people’s social skills.
GeoPark is supporting the Huella Empresarial (Entrepreneurial Footprint) program to build the capacities of local entrepreneurs so their businesses are competitive and sustainable over time. Through it, more than 20 people from companies in Tauramena and government offices were trained.
Women from Villa Punta Delgada took part in the “Industrial Pastry Techniques” course, part of the gastronomy trainings that GeoPark together with SENCE (National Training and Employment Service) and the INCAP technical training agency have been carrying out for the past three years.
In the second edition of the Program for University Science Scholarships for Women in Colombia, GeoPark will award three scholarships to young people from Villanueva or Tauramena who want to start their university studies in the first semester of 2019.