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  • Constitution of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 1979

In the constitution of 1979 of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the environment and natural resources are mentioned in Chapter I “Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms”, Article 6, Section 5, Paragraph c and Section 6 Paragraph vii.
6. (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) of this section to the extent that the law in question authorizes-
c. the imposition of reasonable restrictions in the remission of nay sum of money in order to prevent or regulate the transfer to a country outside Saint Vincent of capital raised in Saint Vincent, or in some other country or derived from the natural resources of Saint Vincent.
(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) of this section-
vii) for so long only as may be necessary 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 contravention 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), and except so far as that provision or, as the case may be, the thing done under the authority thereof is shown not to be reasonably justifiable in a democratic society;”.

Environmental legislation in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines can be accessed through the FAO Legal Office’s website.