Guatemala: New Rules for Environmental Permits

One of the new features of the new Regulation on Evaluation, Control and Environmental Monitoring is that category A and B1 environmental diagnostic must be subject to public consultation.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

From a statement issued by Agexport:

The Environmental Management Unit at AGEXPORT, wishes to inform the export sector of the publication of Government Agreement 137-2016, Regulations Assessment, Environmental Monitoring and Control, which was published on July 12, 2016 in the newspaper Diario de Centroamérica.

This government agreement is already in force and aims to regulate the application of tools for evaluation, control and environmental monitoring of projects, works, industries or activities that are being developed or intend to be developed in the country.  

More details about the new rules (in spanish).

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A statement from the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT) outlines the major changes that the new regulation includes:

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