Cultivating African palm is no longer considered high environmental impact

The Ministry of Environment (Marn) approved a new classification of industrial activities in Guatemala under the premise of expediting licensing procedures. The recent regulation reduces environmental requirements and benefits, among other monocultures, the African palm.


On October 14, through the ministerial agreement 204-2019, a new Tax List of Projects, Works and Industrial Activities entered into force. The agreement establishes a classification in which a category is assigned to a given activity according to its impact on the environment.


By means of categories A, B1, B2, and C, the environmental impact of each activity is determined, where A is the one with the greatest impact, so projects with this classification are subject to more requirements, and C is the minimum .



Valle del Polochic, Aldea Semuy

Text:  Alejandro Pérez
Photography: Sofía Menchú

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