By Raphael Mutitu,
It was glitz and glamour as the Kenya National Spatial plan was launched yesterday (1/3/2017) at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC). The event was attended by a key number of Cabinet secretaries spearheaded by Professor Jacob Kaimenyi (CS Ministry of Lands & Physical Planning ). Among development partners who were present include the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Wide Fund (WWF) Kenya who have been instrumental in realization of the Plan.
The NSP marks a great milestone in Kenya. It’s the first of its kind in the country since independence. However as a country we have always been criticized by International Organizations to be good in coming up with plans and policies but very poor when it comes to implementation. The question therefore or the challenge which is left to the Ministry of Lands & Physical Planning is when and how the NSP will be implemented.
Counties have also been urged to prepare their own County Spatial Plans. The County Government Act, 2012 requires all counties to prepare a ten year county GIS based database system spatial plan for each county, which shall be a component part of the county integrated development plan. Counties were challenged to set aside funds to facilitate the very important exercise.
Among the objectives of the National Spatial Plan include:
- To create a spatial planning context that enhances efficiency and enhances global competitiveness
- To promote balanced regional development for national integration and cohesion.
- To optimize utilization of land and natural resources for sustainable development.
- To secure natural environment for a high quality life.