KINGSTON — Jamaica's effort to develop a strategic spatial framework, which would guide national development and investment decision-making, is being enhanced through a $44.5 million allocation to the National Spatial Plan (NSP) project in the Office of the Prime Minister.
The plan will ensure the optimal use of the country’s land resources and outline the framework for their effective use and management.
As set out in the 2011/2012 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the funds are to be used to engage consultants; procure equipment, goods, and services; provide project coordination and administrative support; draft NSP scenarios; and carry out consultations, workshops, as well as land use surveys.
The project, which began in January 2010, has had a number of achievements, including the establishment of an advisory committee, procurement of equipment and undertaking public education initiatives.
A growth centre audit was completed, so too an analytical study on industry in Jamaica, and a geo spatial data collection process. The procurement process for the engagement of consultants was also undertaken.
The NSP is being implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency, with funding from the Government of Jamaica ($12.4 million), and the Caribbean Development Bank ($32.1 million).
By ALPHEA SAUNDERS, JIS Reporter