Models of territorial organization: Honduras

Honduras has begun to regulate land use and ownership, beginning with planning at a municipal level.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The absence of any formal regulation was laid bare in 1998 when Hurricane Mitch caused thousands of deaths and huge economic damage.
The aim of regulation is to identify areas that are suitable for development in a wide range of industries, such as tourism and mining, as well as for housing, farming and fishing. The regulation is being carried out on the basis of a plan drawn up with aid from the Inter-American Development Bank as administrator of Japan's Special Fund.

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Models of Territorial Arrangements: Guatemala

July 2008

Guatemala has a diverse territory that requires the development of organizational strategies.

A White Paper has been prepared by a team integrating technical and social skills from the School of Organic and Evolutionary Planning, the consulting firm La Ceiba and the Association of Ecological Action.

Models of territorial organization: Nicaragua

July 2008

Nicaragua has created a top-level team of academics and professionals to plan its land regulation.

The nation's Constitution says the state has to promote the "harmonious" development of the regions. However, urban growth and economic development has over the years becoming heavily concentrated on the Pacific coast at the expense of the Atlantic and central regions.

Models of territorial organization: Costa Rica

July 2008

The trend to "provincialization," or the decentralizing of the federal government, could signal a step backwards in rational terms, but it's a response to historical and constitutional factors.

The regionalization of the country was established by law in 1978 and was put into effect in January 1979.

Land use and organization model: Panamá

July 2008

Panama has organized its territory to encourage competitiveness in tourism, technological services, transport, and trade, while keeping sustainable development in the forefront.

Panama's planning experiences provide interesting implications for the process of territorial organization in Central America.

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