Govt proposes creating new land, water authority

Friday, March 18, 2011

Colombia's government has proposed creating a national land and water authority to regulate the use of these resources in the country.

The new authority, which will form part of the agriculture ministry, will aim to limit the environmental impact of agriculture and protect national resources such as forests, according to a presidential release.

The authority's creation will become official under a new land and rural development law to be presented to congress later this year, said President Juan Manuel Santos.

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The law aims to establish regulations for land and water use to preserve the environment.

"We face the urgent challenge of optimizing land use so agriculture can become a locomotive that spurs economic growth," Santos said.