Environmental Impact Draft Law in Final Stages

The Environment Ministry is in the final stages of completing a draft law on environmental impact assessments (EIAs) that would require all major construction projects to undergo an inspection before breaking ground, according to a statement released Thursday by Vishnu Law Group, which has worked with the ministry on the draft.

The Environment Ministry and Vishnu have been working on the draft law since 2012, the statement says, and plan on finalizing it in early 2015.

“This law has the purpose to protect the environment, to conserve ecosystems, ensure appropriate use of natural resources, and promote sustainable development,” the draft says.

It adds that EIAs would apply to any development, investment or business projects that could negatively impact the environment, but does not affect “State projects or State activities” approved by the government.

If the Ministry of Environment is satisfied with the findings of an EIA, it will issue a letter and certificate that will allow a company to begin its project.

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