Ministry of Lands launches national spatial plan to avert encroachment

Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Lands Physical and Planning Cabinet Secretary prof Jacob Kaimenyi has launched a national spatial plan that will guide the use and management of land effectively to avert further land encroachment in the country .

Speaking during the launch in Nairobi on Wednesday, prof Kaimenyi said that the plan will guide the use and management of land to facilitate the attainment of national land policy principles for equity.

“The national spatial plan addresses key developmental challenges that the country is grappling with while recognizing the abundant and diverse resource endowment,” prof Kaimenyi said.

Prof Kaimenyi said that national spatial plan further recommends strategies to enhance economic niche.

“Among the challenges addressed are regional imbalances unguided urbanization,encroachment into fragile ecosystems and un-tapped and under-utilized resources.” Said the Lands CS

Prof Kaimenyi said that Kenya is experiencing rapid urbanization and by the year 2030 it is projected that 50 percent of the country’s population will be residing in urban areas.

On his part , the chairman of the council of governors Peter Munya said that NSP has identified regions and towns of national importance including resort cities, techno cities and special economic zones if developed will spur balanced growth in the country.