Land reclamation activities represent a permanent instrument intended for the development, the protection and the improvement of agricultural production as well as for soil conservation and the protection of the environment and its natural resources (art. 1). To this end, the present Regional Act sets out new provisions for delineating the land reclamation districts falling within the regional territory. In addition, the Act regulates the establishment and functioning of Reclamation Consortia, which shall draw up projects and provide for the execution and management of reclamation works. The Act is divided into eight Titles. Title I contains general provisions. Article 4 defines the obligations of landowners. The latter shall contribute to the execution of reclamation works, under the conditions established therein. Title II concerns the territorial arrangement and planning on interventions to be undertaken. The regional territory shall be subdivided into reclamation districts to be demarcated by the Regional Council. Such delineation may be modified by following the procedures regulated under article 5. The General Reclamation Plan (to be approved by the Regional Council) referred to in article 8 shall specify the interventions to be undertaken on each district as well as the reclamation works to be executed and shall define the directives to be followed by private landwoners to improve their lands. The administrative functions in matter of land reclamation pertaining to the Region are entrusted by Title III to the Provinces, including the inspection and control functions to be exercised on reclamation consortia and related activities. Title IV, on the other hand, lays down detailed rules regarding the establishment, the organisms, the Statute and functioning of the above-mentioned reclamation consortia. Title V concerns financial planning. Title VI makes provision in matter of execution and management of reclamation interventions to be undertaken by consortia.
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