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Monday, July 16 2018 @ 08:50 AM EDT

Environmentalists Report Project Aimed To Dissolve The ANAM

Environmental IssuesThe environmentalists Raisa Banfield and Antonio Chang reported the government because they are allegedly creating a project to unprotect and dissolve the functions of the National Authority for the Environment (ANAM) and the Aquatic Resources Authority (ARAP).

According to Banfield the authorities behind everything are looking to pass the operation of the institutions to the Vice Minister of the Agricultural Development Ministry (MIDA), a ministry qualified as unprotected and inoperative by the environmentalists.

“By moving the ANAM to the MIDA, we confirm the regression on the environmental issue, which is not a big concern to the government, and we base this on how they have neglected mangroves from Panama Bay and how they constantly sell lands to make big projects,” said Banfield.

Meanwhile, Chang said this measure decentralizes the use of natural resources, unprotecting them. Environmentalists said with the use of ethanol, sold as a project aimed to help the environment, they can end up cutting trees, because the ANAM will not have the same strength to defend natural resources and protected areas.

Chang and Banfield agree the environment is turning into a political matter, which is why they requested the authorities to respect and strengthen the functions of the ANAM. (Estrella)

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