Environmental Permitting System activation starts in El Salvador

El Salvador’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the Environmental Permitting System. This platform allows knowing requirements, procedures and response times for the Environmental Impact Evaluation process.

The online Environmental Permitting System will give automatic environmental permitting for low impact projects and delete 14 requirements requested previously in the Environmental Form. (FA)

U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes attended the launch ceremony along with Technical and Planning Sub Secretary Manuel Alberto Enríquez, Vice Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Ángel Ibarra, and Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Linda Pohl.

USAID through a $3 million agreement with US EPA is providing technical assistance to help Central American countries meet environmental criteria to be in compliance with the Central American and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement.  As a result of the EPA technical assistance, MARN developed an Environmental Assessment Viewer which is an online platform to facilitate the environmental assessment processes necessary to grant appropriate permitting.  El Salvador’s President officially launched the program in November of 2014.

You can learn more about the Environmental Permitting System in the following link: http://apps.marn.gob.sv:8080/eseapublic/index.php