Dominica commended for approving a National Land Use Policy

first_imgRory Baksh of Dillon ConsultingRory Baksh of Dillon Consulting, who has been working with the Physical Planning Division in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to develop a National Physical Development Plan (NPDP) for Dominica, has expressed delight at Cabinet’s approval of the National Land Use Policy (NLUP). While presenting the first draft of the NPDP on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at the Land & Surveys office, Mr. Baksh said very few countries in the Eastern and wider Caribbean have a policy such as this which is government approved. “It is something that is very rare in the Caribbean and it is something Dominica can be very proud of. It is seen as a best practice in other jurisdictions, [who] now are looking to the success that Dominica has achieved,” he said.Mr Baksh explained that the policy approved by Cabinet in May 2015, “provides broad statements about land use, growth development, environmental conservation, tourism, social development, climate change resilience, risk management that collectively help drive the country forward”. The intent of this Cabinet approved National Land Use Policy, Mr Baksh said, is to influence decisions of all different sectors because so many things in Dominica ultimately have a relationship back to land. This will be a guide as Dominica moves forward. An interesting thing about the National Land Use Policy, he noted, is that it is “broad based and multi-sector” so whatever activity is occurring on the island where land is concerned, a strategic direction is given in the policy. The approval of the National Land Use Policy is part of the two part National Physical Development Plan which according to Mr. Baksh would set the foundation in place for the Physical Development Plan. Throughout 2014, the National Land Use Policy was established using background research and stakeholder consultation all aiming to ensure that it was “by and for Dominicans”. Mr Baksh further noted that other islands are looking to the work that Dominica has done and are looking to do similar types of land use policies as well as physical development planning based on the model established in Dominica. 222 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dominica commended for approving a National Land Use Policy by: Dominica Vibes News – April 26, 2016 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more