Panama: Less Requisites for "low impact" Constructions

Any projects in Category 1 will no longer require environmental impact studies (EISA for its Spanish acronym), those studies will be substituted by the use of "Good practices guides".

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


For the approval and execution of constructions in Categories 2 and 3, the environmental impact studies will stay.

Kerem Pérez, in his article about the subject in, outlines that "according to the International Union for the Conservation of the Nature (UICN for its acronyms in Spanish), good practices guidelines are being used because the Studies of Environmental Impact should be only carry out in projects where humans could be directly affected."

This change was included in Law 30 of 2010, and still lacks the regulation that will adapt the concepts contained in the international Practical Guides, to the specific needs of Panama.

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