Environmental Permits: More Agile Procedures Promised

In Guatemala, it has been announced that by the end of the year a digital platform will be implemented that will have the capacity to inform, in minutes, whether an environmental impact study is feasible or not.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources plans to expedite the reception and approval of environmental licenses, and for this it is preparing a digital platform that will respond to users about the feasibility or not of their applications. 

The environment minister, Alfonso Alonso, explained to Dca.gob.gt that " ... the System will have the capacity to inform interested parties, in less than 10 minutes, whether an environmental impact study that is submitted to obtain a license is viable or not, something which previously took between 3 to 4 months."

The head of the institution added that " ... this will allow a streamlining of processes up to 90 percent effectiveness. The implementation of this initiative is planned to be done by the end of this year. " 

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