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  • Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis Constitutional Order of 1983

In the Constitution1 of 1983 of Saint Kitts and Nevis, the environment and natural resources are mentioned in Chapter II “Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms”, Article 8 “Protection from deprivation of property”, Section 5, Paragraph c and Section 6 Paragraph vii.

8.- (5) “Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of subsection (4) to the extent that the law in question authorizes-
c) the imposition of reasonable restrictions upon the remission of any sum of money in order to prevent or regulate the transfer to a country outside Saint Christopher and Nevis of capital raised in Saint Christopher and Nevis or in some other country or derived from the natural resources of Saint Christopher and Nevis.
(6) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of subsection (1)-

vii) for so long only as may be necessary for those purposes, for the purposes of any examination, investigation, trial or inquiry or, in the case of land, for the purposes of the carrying out thereon of work of soil conservation or the conservation of other natural resources or work relating to agricultural development or improvement (being work relating to such development or improvement that the owner or occupier of the land has been required, and has without reasonable excuse refused or failed, to carry out)”.

The National Conservation and Environment Protection Act, 1987, is an Act “to provide for the better management and development of the natural and historic resources of Saint Christopher and Nevis for purposes of conservation; the establishment of national parks, historic and archaeological sites and other protected areas of natural or cultural importance;[…] the establishment of a Conservation Commission; and for other matters connected thereto.”





1. The Constitution of Saint Christopher and Nevis, 1983, is not currently available in an official website. It can be obtained through the World Intellectual Property Organization’s database.