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Country contact on SEA
General Directory of Environmental Management and Natural Resources
Adress: 20 calle 28-58 zona 10, Edificio MARN, 2do Nivel, Torre II
Tel: (502) 2423-0500 or 2202
Legal framework for SEA
Law of Protection and Improvement of the Environment (no.68-86, 1986).
Approving authority of enabling law
First national detailed SEA regulation
The SEA regulation was established in 2007 by the Government Agreement 431-2007 (Regulation on Environmental Evaluation, Control and Monitoring).
Recent updates and additions to the SEA legislation
Reformed in 1993.
The objective of SEA application is:
- To incorporate a sustainable development approach in national plans, programs and policies.
Scope of SEA application
The SEA is applied to plans and programs that because of their dimensions and scope are related to a significant impact on the environment and/or are located in vulnerable areas.
Institutional setting for SEA
Central SEA authority
National Environmental Authority is the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Implementing the SEA
The proponents of projects and programs may elaborate a SEA. The final report is reviewed by the DIGARN. The MARN issues the approval or indicates the limitations and restrictions. The MARN also proposes measures and instruments that have to be adhered to to obtain the environmental license.
Reglamento de Evaluación, Control y Seguimiento (artículo 54)
Timeline for review of the SEA by the General Directory of Environmental Management and Natural Resources is 3 months.
Informing and influencing decision-making
A pilot SEA project is the Territorial Management Plan of the City of Guatemala (Capital of Guatemala)
Other relevant links on SEA
Workgroup of EIA in Central America, (Grupo de Trabajo de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental de Centro-America): http://www.eia-centroamerica.org/
Website in english: http://www.ccad.ws:8080/eia/index_en.php