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Dec 14, 2016

New Legislation Will Classify Projects According to Size

Emmanuel Martin

But to mitigate negative impacts is to identify alternative actions or technologies. According to Martin, one of his main recommendations is for the strengthening of the current legislation, making it more efficient for developers and other stakeholders.

 

Emmanuel Martin, General Manager, Limia & Martin

“The current schedules that define which projects needs to do an environmental impact assessment or maybe a shorter study called limited level environmental study, have some degree of discretion and some ambiguity in some of their parts and that is perceived by participants as not transparent enough. Because decisions are made on the basis of the type of projects but also on the location; the decision is difficult. It has to take many variables into account, but the time the decision is made, many participants perceive that as not being sufficiently transparent.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir so what are some of the recommendations? I believe you were alluding earlier to the fact that there needs to be strengthening of legislation.”

 

Emmanuel Martin

“Yes, we are proposing a number of changes in the legislation. For example we are proposing a system to categorize different projects in different groups according to the size of the project and the type of project so that the decisions are made easier. We are also proposing to define clearly what are sensitive areas so that decisions are again made in more transparent way for everybody and that developer can, before he or she starts a project, can decide where to locate that project to get an easier environmental clearance. So we are proposing yes, changes in legislation. We are proposing also changes in practices, but we are also proposing guidelines because many of the aspects can be better managed through guidelines from the government to the different participants.”

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