Dr. Carol Archer, Associate Professor in Urban Planning at the Faculty of Built Environment at UTech
As plans progress for the development of a National Spatial Plan for Jamaica, an appeal has been made for the Government to include academia more in the discussions.
The call has come from Dr. Carol Archer, Associate Professor in Urban Planning at the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of Technology (UTech).
The National Spatial Plan, which was conceptualised in 2009, will ensure the optimal use of the nation's land and marine resources and outline the framework for their effective use and management, along with addressing issues regarding climate change.
Dr. Archer said academia and graduate students can assist decision makers with research based planning which she suggested has been lacking over the last four decades.
She was speaking on TVJ's Smile Jamaica programme Tuesday morning.
In April this year, it was announced that the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation had launched the process for the development of the National Spatial Plan.