The United Nations Development Program UNDP and the Council of Governors COG are carrying out a piloting program to mainstream land use planning in the County Integrated Development Planning in Kenya.
A team of officials from the agencies were in Iten for an initial consultative meeting at the Governor’s boardroom. Elgeyo Marakwet is one of the Four counties selected for piloting alongside Vihiga, Narok and Makueni.
Addressing the meeting, Prof Lawrence Esho said the agency was concerned about helping counties to develop Third generation CIDP that guarantee mainstreaming land use planning towards achieving Sustainable development.
Other avenues of collaboration were discussed including the development of County Spatial Plan and Geographical Information Systems GIS Laboratory Which are critical in territorial development frameworks.
Addressing the meeting, Mr John Maritim, Director Economic Planning said the spatial Plan and GIS lab were critical in ensuring equitable placement of development projects in the county.
The Director of Administration Michael Sengech who chaired the meeting appreciated the partnership and collaboration of the actors.
In attendance were Mr Raphael Mutitu and Sharon Weksa, (UNDP) officials Ken Oluoch and Brian Muthoka (COG) alongside officials from the County government.
Mr Fredrick Namusende from Ministry of Environment Climate change and Forestry was also in attendance.