Guatemala: Environmental Permits Streamlined

A proposal has been made to amend the regulations for environmental control so the SMEs can submit affidavits instead of environmental impact studies when applying for environmental permits.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The proposal by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources aims to simplify the processes to be followed when requesting authorization of environmental permits for the development of construction projects. According to the same ministry, most of the files currently under review correspond to small companies. For this reason, they have proposed that instead of submitting an environmental impact, they complete an affidavit via the internet.

The head of MARN, Andreas Lehnhoff, explained that "... 'The regulation had a number of problems and one of them was that a very small businesses, such as bakeries, seven room hotels, cafeterias, among others, required a complex EIA'. "

Prensalibre.com reported that "... The official said the process will be carried out online with the user printing his or her statement and presenting it to the ministry. 'Environmental technicians are responsible for monitoring. This step reduces transaction costs for small businesses.'"



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