State of the Environment - Land Use in Trinidad and Tobago

John Spence


Since this country consists of two small islands with lim­ited land space, careful planning is essential to ensure that there is a balance between built development and other land uses including conservation under natural forests. Under Town and Country Planning legislation, Parliament has approved plans for general land use but the problem has been to ensure adherence to the plans. In periods of economic “boom”, as is presently occurring, the task of balancing development and conservation of the land resource is that much more difficult.

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