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25.08.2004 Regional News

Public urged to use land wisely

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Accra, Aug. 25, GNA - Mr Edward Karboo, Director, Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD), on Wednesday called for an integrated and participatory approach to urban land use planning for sustainable land management.

He was speaking on: "The Contribution of Urban Planning in Environmental Management in Ghana" at a lecture held at the British Council as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The lecture was on the theme: "Land Use Planning - Basis for Sustainable Land Management in Ghana."

Mr Karboo said all land use-planning laws were being harmonised to remove conflicting provisions, fill gaps and unify them into a coherent set of legislation for effective land administration, as part of the land administration reforms.

He cited the Town and Country Planning Legislation under CAP 84, which was still in use, as "obsolete and out of context with current socio-economic development in the country.

"This legislation will be reviewed and the role of key stakeholders such as chiefs, landowners and community-based organisations, explicitly legislated for."

He said the Land Administration Project (LAP) currently being implemented had the ultimate objective to "develop a sustainable and well functioning land administration system that is efficient, cost effective and decentralized, and that enhances land tenure security". Mr Karboo said the TCPD as the lead agency for land use planning was working to install a coherent and sustainable land use planning and management system based on participation of local communities, landowners and other public agencies.

The Project, he noted, would develop, implement and test decentralized land use planning models in selected priority areas. He said capacity building for both public and private sector actors such as customary authorities would correspond to the role each would be expected to play in the formulation and implementation of the land management strategies.

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