LAMP Gets More Funding to Rationalise Land Use


The Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) in the Ministry of Land and Environment is to receive some $97 million to continue to promote efficient administration and management and to rationalize the use of land and resources in an integrated and sustainable manner.
This is contained in the 2004/05 Estimates of Expenditure, which was tabled in the House of Representatives on March 31.
The project, which is being jointly funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) seeks to realize its objectives by implementing critical aspects of the National Land Policy of Jamaica in four major components. These include: land use and development; public land management; land registration component and land information management. The programme has been extended from March 2003 to March 2005 and up to November of 2003 had received external assistance of $82.416 million.
During the 2004/05 fiscal period, the anticipated physical targets are to continue stakeholders meetings in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, and Santa Cruz in St. Elizabeth; complete tenure clarification/regularization in Block five; and document in a manual form, the process of participatory development of plans for Spanish Town and Santa Cruz.
When it was established in April 2000, the project set out to complete cadastral index and mapping for 30,000 parcels (of land); establish the national geodetic infrastructure-Global Positioning System (GPS); design a computerized system and complete government land inventory of public lands including buildings in St. Catherine.
The project was also to design and implement systems for managing all financial matters pertaining to government lands; complete a land divestment manual; reform the planning process into a more integrated participatory development/implementation process; complete aspects of the Global Information System (GIS) infrastructure; establish the National Land Information Centre (NLIC); develop core NLIC programme; design GIS application software; execute Geo-Information Training; and complete digital base maps for Kingston and Port Maria.
Physical achievements up to November 2003 saw the completion of terms of reference for five studies for Spanish Town and Santa Cruz Development Plans; the approval of a land use plan of Santa Cruz; the establishment of a programme management unit; and the commencement of work on the management of government lands.
Four Global Positioning Systems were procured and the data to capture the information for the inventory of public lands and buildings was completed. Meanwhile, there are ongoing tenure clarification/regularization activities which include 623 parcels surveyed for mapping; 5540 parcels compiled; 4,800 parcels surveyed in Blocks 1, 3 and 7; and 10,008 parcels delivered.

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