Saint Lucia Natural Resources and Agricultural Development Project - Studies and Proposals for the Implementation of a Land Registration Programme

Table of Contents

Executive Secretariat for Economic and Social Affairs

Department of Regional Development



Washington, D.C. 1986

Table of Contents


Glossary of acronyms


Executive summary


Chapter 1. Basic characteristics of rural settlement

1.1. General background

1.1.1. Population and economy
1.1.2. Inherited characteristics of the rural sector

1.2. The distribution of population and land

1.2.1. Population distribution
1.2.2. The distribution of agricultural land
1.2.3. Spatial differentiation of population and land distribution

1.3. Human settlements in rural Saint Lucia

1.3.1. Criteria for the typification of human settlements
1.3.2. Types of settlements

Chapter 2. Land tenure and distribution as constraints on agricultural development

2.1. Land tenure

2.1.1. Land ownership and rental
2.1.2. Ownership and operation of the agricultural holdings
2.1.3. Family lands

2.2. Land distribution

2.2.1. Holding size categories
2.2.2. Fragmentation and centralization
2.2.3. Characterizing the land distribution problem
2.2.4. The landless population

2.3. Land use and technology

2.3.1. Uses of agricultural land
2.3.2. Intensity of land use
2.3.3. Land use and family land
2.3.4. Land utilization
2.3.5. The function of production

Chapter 3. Legal and institutional framework for natural resources conservation and development

3.1. Legal background of land development control and regulation

3.1.1. Land ownership and registration
3.1.2. Land use control and regulation

3.2. Legal background of natural resources conservation and development

3.2.1. Forest protection
3.2.2. Beach protection
3.2.3. Wildlife protection and areas of natural and historic interest
3.2.4. Natural resources use

3.3. Institutional structures for natural resources conservation and development

3.3.1. Institutional development and coverage of issues of natural resources development
3.3.2. Institutional coordination on natural resources conservation and development
3.3.3. Manpower resources for natural resources conservation and development
3.3.4. Recent trends in institutional development

Chapter 4. Dynamics of the land problem

4.1. Recent land development trends

4.1.1. The dynamics of land distribution
4.1.2. Proposals and actions concerning land tenure
4.1.3. General proposals for land redistribution

4.2. Specific land development projects

4.2.1. Roseau smallholder resettlement scheme
4.2.2. Dennery Farmco
4.2.3. Private redistribution of land: Marquis estate
4.2.4. Integrated rural development: Fond Assor
4.2.5. Evaluation of proposals for change

Chapter 5. Alternative approaches to land transformation

5.1. Alternative solutions to land tenure problems

5.1.1. Multiple ownership and fragmentation
5.1.2. Insecure forms of tenure
5.1.3. Inefficient system for the registration of ownership

5.2. Alternatives for land redistribution

5.2.1. Basic objectives and options
5.2.2. Indirect intervention
5.2.3. Limited direct interventions
5.2.4. Comprehensive direct interventions
5.2.5. Broad policy options

Chapter 6. Short-term strategy for land redistribution

6.1. Basic characteristics of the strategy

6.1.1. Objective of the strategy
6.1.2. Structure of the strategy

6.2. Intervention at the national level

6.2.1. Land taxation
6.2.2. Financial instruments
6.2.3. Regulation of land development

6.3. Intervention at the local level

6.3.1. Reconsolidation of small holdings
6.3.2. Redistribution of land
6.3.3. Expansion of the rural frontier
6.3.4. Coordination with other agricultural development activities

Chapter 7. Guidelines for legal and institutional change in matters related to agricultural land development

7.1. Required actions and general principles

7.1.1. Required actions
7.1.2. General principles

7.2. Legal developments

7.2.1. Management of natural resources
7.2.2. Land registration
7.2.3. Land redistribution

7.3. Institutional development

7.3.1. Management of natural resources
7.3.2. Land registration
7.3.3. Land redistribution

Chapter 8. Pilot project on land registration: Morne panache

8.1. Project overview

8.1.1. Objectives
8.1.2. Selection of the project area
8.1.3. Main components of the pilot project

8.2. Characteristics of the pilot project

8.2.1. Land tenure and distribution
8.2.2. Present land use
8.2.3. Potential land use

8.3. Cadastral survey and land adjudication

8.3.1. Title registration
8.3.2. Essential procedures
8.3.3. Cadastral survey
8.3.4. Cadastral survey methodology

8.4. Research on land redistribution needs

8.4.1. Evaluation of the land registration experience
8.4.2. Analysis of land distribution problems
8.4.3. Institutional framework for project implementation

8.5. Financial analysis and assessment of farming systems

8.5.1. Project costs
8.5.2. Assessment of farming systems

Annex A. Land resources

A.1. Factors affecting soil formation

A.1.1. Geology and lithology
A.1.2. Climate
A.1.3. Relief
A.1.4. Soil characteristics

A.2. Characteristics of the vegetation

A.2.1. Ecological classification
A.2.2. Methodology used in the classification
A.2.3. Description of life zones

A.3. Land capability classes

A.3.1. Definition of land capabilities
A.3.2. Characteristics of the land classes
A.3.3. Land availability by capability classes

A.4. Environmental management of land resources

A.4.1. Environmental considerations for management of agricultural natural resources
A.4.2. Characteristics of soil erosion
A.4.3. Principles of land resource management
A.4.4. Recommendations for land resource management

A.5. Land capability in selected watersheds

A.5.1. Marquis River basin
A.5.2. Roseau River basin
A.5.3. Vieux Fort River basin
A.5.4. Canelles River basin
A.5.5. Troumasse River basin
A.5.6. Fond d'Or River basin
A.5.7. Cul de Sac River basin

Annex B. Water resources

B.1. General background

B.1.1. Objectives of the study
B.1.2. Evaluation of basic information

B.2. Rainfall patterns
B.3. Available flows at river basin level
B.4. Demand at the river basin level
B.5. Development potential at the river basin level

B.5.1. Marquis River basin
B.5.2. Roseau River basin
B.5.3. Vieux Fort River basin
B.5.4. Canelles River basin
B.5.5. Troumasse River basin
B.5.6. Fond d'Or River basin
B.5.7. Cul de Sac River basin

Annex C. Environmental prospective

C.1. Objectives and strategy for environmental planning

C.1.1. Protection of mangroves and coastal ecosystems (Objective 1)
C.1.2. Linkage with the Ministry of Agriculture (Objective 2)
C.1.3. Strategy for environmental planning

C.2. Methodology for determining environmental units

C.2.1. Inventory of physical resources
C.2.2. Quantification of ecological processes
C.2.3. Definition of environmental units

C.3. Procedure for determining environmental impact
C.4. Environmental assessment of Marigot Bay

C.4.1. Background
C.4.2. Development proposals
C.4.3. Physical environment
C.4.4. Development
C.4.5. Analysis for environmental management
C.4.6. Alternatives
C.4.7. An outline of the OAS Tourism Planning Seminar


Annex D. Population and land distribution in Saint Lucia: Basic information

Annex E. Characteristics of landholding patterns in Saint Lucia: Basic information

Annex F. List of technical reports on Saint Lucia prepared by OAS staff, GOSL technicians and consultants

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