Panama's general law for environment was created in 1998. This legislation created the National Environmental Authority (ANAM, for its initials in Spanish), which oversees all aspects of the government’s environmental protection program including the revision and admission of environmental impact studies, carrying out environmental auditing, establishing environmental standards, spearheading environmental hearings and community participation, territorial environmental
planning, management of forestry resources, organizing class actions, implementing administrative environmental law (including fines and permit process), among others. Our environmental practice attorneys regularly advise and represent our clients in all the aforementioned areas.
In addition, our firm acted as consultants to ANAM in the drafting of three regulations, which include the environmental impact statements analysis and procedures, private participation processes, and standard environmental procedure. Our direct involvement in the drafting of environmental regulations evidences our firm´s leadership in the area of environmental law practice.