Nicaragua: New Forestry Law

Under the new legislation the National Forestry Institute will be managed directly by the Presidency of the Republic and not by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Friday, May 16, 2014

From a report by the National Assembly of Nicaragua on the laws recently adopted

Law No. 864

Article 58 reorganization.

The following reorganization is established:

In the area of ​​responsibility of the Presidency of the Republic.

1) Forest management throughout the country is the responsibility of the Presidency of the Republic, which it will manage through the National Forestry Institute (INAFOR) as a decentralized governance, legal personality, with technical and administrative functional autonomy , its own assets and capacity in terms of competency.

INAFOR will be under the stewardship of the Office of the President, the Director, and Deputy Director of the National Forestry Institute who will be appointed by the President of the Republic

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