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The Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Land will continue to rationalize the allocation and use of land and resources in an integrated and sustainable manner, through the implementation of critical aspects of the National Land Policy.
This will be made possible through an allocation of $140 million, which has been set aside in the 2006/07 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. Under the financing plan, the Government will provide $59.53 million, in addition to an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan of $81.25
The project began in April 2000 and has been extended to September 2006. Its objectives fall under four major components, which include Land Use and Development, Public Land Management, Land Registration, and Land Information Management.
It is expected that the allocation will be used to: continue stakeholders meetings in Spanish Town and Santa Cruz; complete tenure for clarification/regularization activities in block five; complete inventory of public land buildings for St. Catherine; and document, in a manual form, the process of participatory planning of plans for Spanish Town and Santa Cruz.
This year’s targets will also be inclusive of continuation of verification of parcels clarified/regularized by the Land Management Consortium (LMC), to resolve the discrepancies and inconsistencies discovered during the processing of the documents generated by the LMC.
Several achievements were made up to December 2005. Terms of reference for five studies for Spanish Town and Santa Cruz Development plans were completed; land use plan of Santa Cruz was approved by the steering committee, and background papers were completed for Santa Cruz on geology, geomorphology, land capabilities, wetlands and swamps, population size, settlement pattern, density, sex ratio and housing.
In addition, 280,848 deposited plans were scanned by the National Land Agency (NLA) and there are on-going tenure clarification/ regularization activities, which include: 1,200 parcels surveyed for mapping; 7,190 parcels compiled; 9,891 places surveyed in blocks one, two, three, four, and seven; and 11, 391 parcels compiled.
Also, a public education awareness campaign was continued in blocks two, five and seven; and a digital orthophoto for Kingston and St. Andrew and Port Maria was procured and delivered to the NLA, as well as maps for Spanish Town and Santa Cruz.
Meanwhile, four Global Positioning Systems (GPS) were procured and base mapping is 100 per cent complete. A divestment manual is in draft format, but new information such as joint venture partnerships will be incorporated before the manual is completed.
The data form to capture the information for the inventory of public lands and buildings is complete and in use, and the compilation of the inventory is in progress.

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