New environmental regulations in Honduras

The new environmental regulations will produce great legal confidence and will speed up investment in the country.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Secretariat of Natural Resources and the Environment (SERNA) along with the private sector began updating the Regulations for the Environmental Impact Evaluation System, the legal instrument used to regulate environmental licenses granted in the country.
Many investments are being withdrawn from Honduras because of lack of clarity in environmental legislation, especially in the way it is applied by local government.

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Conservation Law Approved in Nicaragua

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The National Assembly has adopted the Law on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity, which strengthens environmental regulations.

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IDB releases new version of Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard

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The new version of Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, enables to anticipate the social and environmental impact of biofuel projects.

Update incorporates feedback from five regional consultations and addresses concerns regarding food security, indigenous peoples and biodiversity preservation.

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