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Planning a greener future

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Minister Robert Pickersgill will be one of the speakers at the urban conference.
  • Urban management practices to be showcased at
  • Caribbean forum at Jamaica Conference Centre this week

THE JAMAICA Institute of Planners is to host the second annual Caribbean Urban Forum at the Jamaica Conference Centre March 14-17 under the theme 'Planning to Achieve the Vision ... Towards a Green Urban Economy'.

According to a release from the organisers, the mandate of the conference is to advance a Caribbean urban agenda and best practices among planning professionals.

The forum is one in a series of regional events organised by the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management, in association with the CARICOM Secretariat. The University of Technology (UTech), the Canadian Institute of Planners, the American Planning Association and the Common-wealth Association of Planners are also to participate in the event.

Examples of good planning and urban management practices from CARICOM region and North America will be showcased. The forum will serve as the launching pad for the Caribbean Planners Association.

Topics for discussion include converting a closed landfill in Aerobic Bioreactor Landfill, urban planning, climate change and the energy nexus, the potential of domestic rainwater harvesting: a study of the Blue Mountain South Hydrologic Basin.

Speakers include Robert Pickersgill, minister of water, land, environment and climate change, Dr Carol Archer, UTech, Alain Grimard, consultant, Trinidad and Tobago.