What is it?
Land degradation is a process in which the value of the biophysical environment is affected by a combination of human induced processes acting upon the land. It is viewed as any change or disturbance to the land perceived to be deleterious or undesirable.
Land degradation is happening at an alarming pace and is affecting regions inhabited by over one-third of the global population. This phenomenon contributes to a dramatic decline in the productivity of croplands and rangelands worldwide, thereby threatening food security and environmental quality.
There are a number of policies and legislation which were drafted with the aim of preserving the land and ecological integrity in St. Kitts and Nevis. The National Conservation and Environmental Protection Act 1987 (NCEPA), is one of those legislative instruments and is the guiding piece of legislation which is utilized by the Department of Environment. The very mandate of the Department is heavily influenced by the NCEPA.