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Assessment of Transboundary Environmental Impacts in Developing Countries: the Case of Central America

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Central America is going through an integration process, intended to transform the region into a sustainably developed area that tends to protect the environment, reduce poverty and fulfill international commitments undertaken in such areas as environment, health, economic development, political stability. The Technical Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment (TCEIA) is composed of the seven national EIA authorities, and demonstrates the intense cooperation and political will of the countries concerning impact assessment issues. This chapter presents the current situation in the environmental impact assessment in Central America, providing a briefing on the national systems, the efforts on regional harmonization of the system and focusing on the first steps taken on TEIA. Recognizing that there is a long way to go in implementing a TEIA regime in the region, it presents a series of recommendations towards a more sustainable and harmonized region.

Keywords:Central America; national EIA authorities; regional harmonization; Technical Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment



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