Panama: Titles Awarded on Coastlines and Islands

The new law will recognize whoever has occupied the land for more than 5 years as the original holder.

Friday, April 3, 2009

This new regulation, adopted on April 2 by the National Assembly of Panama, will grant titles to 22,000 hectares of islands and coastal lands, recognizing whoever has occupied them for 5 years as the original owner.

The next step for the implementation is for the law to be sanctioned by President Martín Torrijos.

According to the report in, legislators commented that the project benefits 100 thousand families, and that "no titles shall be granted in mangrove zones, indigenous territories and protected areas."

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From a statement from the National Assembly of Nicaragua:

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El Salvador: Delays in Regularizing Properties

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In three years only 27,000 out of 350,000 properties have been registered and titled due to the excessive bureaucracy processes which need to be carried out in municipal entities.

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Changes to Land Titling Law

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The Panamanian government has presented for review at the National Land Council a draft bill which changes current land titling legislation.

The bill gives more power to the National Land Authority (Anati), such as a period of seven years for the role of administrator and the elimination of free titling in any of its forms.

Panama Enacts Coastal and Island Law

April 2009

Law 23 governing the allocation of coastal areas was enacted in the Official Gazette.

This law generated controversy because it will give property titles to land on islands and to coastal lands, recognizing anyone who has occupied the land for 5 years as the original owner.

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