Expedited Environmental Procedures for Social Housing

The government of Guatemala has announced the creation of a one-stop shop to manage environmental permits for social housing construction projects.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Through an agreement between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) and the Central American Association for Housing, the single window will be implemented to make the process more expeditious. 

See also "Social Housing: A $588 Million Business"

Sydney Samuels, head of the MARN, told Diario de Centroamérica that "... this unit will be made up of delegates from that office, in addition to the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction and the Municipality of Guatemala, with the aim of files not being transferred from one entity to another causing the timescales to lengthen."

Jafeth Cabrera, vice president of the Republic, said that "... through the Housing Council, actions have been analyzed to untangle the administrative processes in the departments of Health and Environment, so that the housing deficit is significantly reduced."

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