PAN AMERICAN ENERGY - CSR Program of the Year

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Company: PAN AMERICAN ENERGY, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Company Description: PAE is the main private hydrocarbon exploration and production company in Argentina. In 2016 it produced 20% of the oil and 16% of the gas produced in the country. Founded in 1997, it has 12000 workers (own and contractors). It's operations are in the main Argentine basins, in Bolivia and México. It also participates in the sector of wind power generation, oil transport and power generation.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year - in Mexico, Central and South America

Nomination Title: Protecting Wildlife

Tell the story about this nominated CSR program as it has been carried out since 1 January 2016 (up to 650 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms.

Pan American Energy (PAE) is the main private company of hydrocarbon exploration and production in Argentina. One of the axes of its Environmental Management System, certified pursuant to the ISO 14001 Standard, is to take care of the biodiversity in the areas where it produces hydrocarbons and in nearby areas. So PAE's interest in studying and caring for the environment goes beyond the geographical limits of its oilfields. That way, it implements its commitment to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact.

Along with the NGOs, PAE identified the urgent need to preserve three species of birds:

From 1986 to 2011, the number of specimens of hooded grebe declined by 80%. It is threatened by invasive species (rainbow trouts and American minks). In addition, there was a proliferation of dumps, which attracted kelp gulls, predators of hooded grebe chicks, and the desertification of lagoons brought about strong winds, which destroy the nests.

The number of specimens of Magellanic penguin was stable, but they showed erratic trends in their growth and fluctuations in their distribution. Fishing, pollutants, unguarded tourism and predators’ expansion force them to nest elsewhere.

The green macaws suffer as a result of indiscriminate logging and capture for illegal trade. The population of this bird had not shown growth since 2007.

Some of the objectives are to contribute to the survival of the three species and to the conservation of their habitats; to study them scientifically; to make them known; and to create a social conscience in order to protect them.

To carry out the Protecting Wildlife program, the tactic was to enter into strategic alliances with specialized organizations in biodiversity and the environment: Aves Argentinas, Fundación Temaikén, Wildlife Conservation Society, Ambiente Sur; and academic institutions: Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia Austral.

The project also allows sharing and exchange of information with official entities. Within the communities, it encourages bonding and participation through communication, educational and awareness-raising activities: lectures and workshops, training for teachers, visits to bird conservation areas, and dissemination through social networks, the company's website and ads.

SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT DURING 2016:

HOODED GREBE

Censuses, monitoring on behavior and surveys on habitat ecology have been carried out in the province of Santa Cruz. The capture and banding of specimens allowed the collection of data on migration, age and fidelity to nesting sites. Some villagers, along with technical volunteers, control American minks. There was an improvement in the control of garbage dumps, in order to reduce the number of kelp gulls.

The project for captive rebreeding was successful: the first silvery grebe was bred and released for monitoring. In communication, the play "Macanudo" (a pun that combines the Spanish word for 'grebe' maca with an Argentinian term for 'pleasant and attentive') was presented and a documentary produced by Aves Argentinas and Ambiente Sur was projected.

MAGELLANIC PENGUIN

The work plan includes the three main penguin colonies in Santa Cruz. The bird's ecology is studied, as well as its reproductive biology and factors that affect it, its diet and population trends. Through educational activities in schools and universities, knowledge and social awareness about the Magellanic penguin is installed. There were didactic talks and training for teachers with workshops.

GREEN MACAW

Censuses and studies about the state of wild and captive populations have been carried out. The work field take place in the Yungas forests of the province of Salta, near Bolivia. There were awareness workshops in schools, where didactic materials were provided, and the students were encouraged to practice wild birdwatching and to be guardians of the green macaw

In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) chief achievements since 1 January 2016 of the nominated CSR program (up to 150 words).

HOODED GREBE

The population is now stable and the first silvery grebe was bred in captivity.
A pilot test was launched to monitor specimens through transmitters.
Local youth groups took part in the fieldwork.
PAE's technical allies trained employees of the National Parks Administration in order to control the American minks.
The documentary has 33,300 views on YouTube.

MAGELLANIC PENGUIN

Seventeen colonies were registered, many of which had not been included in censuses since the 1990s.
The activities done with the local community showed that there is a huge potential to develop proposals for the conservation of the marine coasts.

GREEN MACAW

One of the largest populations of this species in the country was identified (50 specimens).
The birds' behavior was determined, as well as the places where they nest, the performance of the breeding partners and the seasonal movement patterns.
Raised awareness