NLA Welcomes New Surveyors

Story Highlights

  • Chief Executive Officer of the National Land Agency (NLA), Elizabeth Steer, says the recent commissioning of two new land surveyors is a welcome addition to the group and a definite boost to the work of the NLA, especially in light of the Government’s push for the regularisation of land.
  • With the addition of the two new surveyors, Andy Jackson and Glen Watson, there are now 101certified practising land surveyors who are members of the Land Surveyors’ Association of Jamaica.
  • For his part, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, pointed to the increasingly important role of land surveyors and the physical data they gather. He said climate change is having a significant impact on land mass and on Jamaica’s vulnerable coastline.

Chief Executive Officer of the National Land Agency (NLA), Elizabeth Steer, says the recent commissioning of two new land surveyors is a welcome addition to the group and a definite boost to the work of the NLA, especially in light of the Government’s push for the regularisation of land.

Mrs. Steer, who spoke with JIS News at the commissioning ceremony, held at the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change,  said land surveying is  a critical part of the work  of the NLA, so the addition of two land surveyors will have a significant impact on the NLA.

“Because we’re pushing the whole matter of  the titling of lands, surveying becomes very critical,” she said.

With the addition of the two new surveyors, Andy Jackson and Glen Watson, there are now 101certified practising land surveyors who are members of the Land Surveyors’ Association of Jamaica.

Mrs. Steer told JIS News that the NLA works closely with land surveyors in both the private and public domains and would be engaging the two newly commissioned surveyors.

“We support them and look forward to having many more surveyors graduating and getting their commission,” she said.

For his part, Portfolio Minister,  Hon. Robert Pickersgill, pointed to the increasingly important role of land surveyors and the physical data they gather. He said climate change is having a significant impact on land mass and on Jamaica’s vulnerable coastline.

 

The Minister said sea level rise and its deleterious impact was fast becoming a major reality, so the country’s coastline, towns and cities are likely to change.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Land Surveyors’ Board, Trevor Shaw, urged the new land surveyors to keep in mind that the professional designation of commissioned land surveyor is a very important qualification established in law.

Mr. Shaw said it is their duty and responsibility to uphold the values that it represents.

He encouraged them not to shy away from technology, but rather to embrace it and stay ahead of the game.

“Never before in the history of the world has technology played such an influential and powerful role in geospatial information management, which is the domain of surveyors,” Mr. Shaw said.

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