Real Estate Project File Disapproved

In Guatemala, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources rejected the environmental instrument for a real estate project known as El Socorro, to be developed in Zone 16 of the country's capital.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Since the project's development was announced, several organizations have expressed their opposition, and even the authorities of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) were summoned to Congress to discuss the details of the project.

In early October 2020, the Guatemalan College of Pharmacists and Chemists (COFAQUI) also expressed its opposition and filed an opposition appeal against the El Socorro de la Zona 16 project with the MARN. On that occasion, COFAQUI argued that there were limited information to measure the impact on the ecosystems in and around the area.

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In a MARN statement dated June 3, 2021, it is explained that "after making the technical, legal and environmental analyses, of the documentation submitted by the proponents and the technical opinions of the different agencies consulted, it was decided not to approve the environmental instrument for such project."

The document adds that "... the resolution dated April 6, 2021, is based on the Regulations for Environmental Evaluation, Control and Monitoring, on field inspections carried out at the site, on the documentation submitted by the submitter, as well as on the advisory opinions made to internal and external entities."

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