Successful STDM piloting in Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines

STDM was successfully piloted in Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines where its application ranged from informal (squatting) to customary (family land). This undertaking was spearheaded by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) working on a project to develop regional land policy guidelines to address the most critical land issues being faced by countries in the region. A key aspect within this project was to evaluate pro-poor land tools that would provide comprehensive land administration and thus facilitate the equitable use and allocation of the limited land resource in the sub-region. This initiative provided for and included an opportunity for introducing the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) to support economic, social or environmental land policy goals.

With technical support of the UN Habitat, the GLTN and the University of West Indies, STDM was piloted in Saint Lucia and in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In St. Lucia, the pilots were conducted in the squatter settlement of La Panse and the family land areas in the village of Praslin. In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the pilots were conducted in the squatted settlement of Pole Yard and in the family land areas in Layou and La Croix. The pilot projects demonstrated that the data can be obtained efficiently on state lands and with a little more difficulty on private land particularly on family land areas

Read a detailed account on this in a report titled ‘Assessment of the Feasibility of Scaling Up the Rapid, Low-Cost, Recording of Land Rights in the OECS Countries’ presented during the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2016 at

Hellen Nyamweru
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