Panama has a natural heritage rich in various resources, which makes for an extensive biodiversity. Likewise, Panama's economy has been in continuous growth through the development of projects that directly impact on the environment, which is why the state must ensure that this impact, if it be, is made to comply with standards that monitor the care of our natural resources.
In 1998, Panama enacted the General Environmental Law, the beginning of a process of restructuring the country’s approach to environmental matters. The new law set the groundwork for issuing various types of environmental regulations. This Act created the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) that has many functions such as the development of national environmental policies, the assessment of environmental impact studies, issuing rules implementing environmental policies and the imposition of sanctions in the case of failure of compliance, among others.
Our firm has the ability to advise on the administrative formalities regarding the ANAM, for the development of projects, including those that require the submission of environmental impact studies.
AFRA has significant experience representing clients in arbitration and administrative proceedings related to environmental legislation that are filled with the ANAM and its regional offices, as well as environmental criminal charges before the ordinary and civilian courts. Previous experiences have made us work with various environmental consultants, foreign and domestic, as well as renowned laboratories.