Models of Territorial Arrangements: Guatemala

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

Monday, July 21, 2008

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.
Many land problems that the country faces, such as landslides or floods in populated areas, crowding, lack of public services, deforestation, loss of natural resources, and lack of housing for the poor, result from the absence of a legal framework to regulate the planning of the territory and land use.
The first draft was produced under the direction of the deputy Juan Manuel Giordano. He proceeded to adapt the "Law of Territorial Organization of the Republic of Colombia," taking into account the institutional strucfture that could provide a conceptual and operative framework for our law.

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Models of Territorial Organization: Guatemala (2)

July 2008

This section looks at the conceptual and dimensional framework in the context of Guatemala's proposed Law of Territorial Organization.

One element that has been identified in this process of preparation, updating and feedback on the proposed law is the general lack of knowledge about territorial organization and the methodologies of the various planning systems in Latin America.

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: Honduras

July 2008

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

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.

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.