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UTech, Environment and Planning Agency sign MoU

Published:Wednesday | March 19, 2014 | 2:14 PM

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Technology (UTech), that will facilitate cooperation and the sharing of information regarding natural resource management and spatial planning.



NEPA says the specific areas of cooperation under the MoU include research projects to determine the status of critically endangered species and to improve the quality of wastewater treatment, public consultations, staff development and training and public education.



Its Chief Executive Officer Peter Knight, says the MoU is in keeping with the agency’s thrust to bolster ties with the academic community so as to increase NEPA’s use of evidence-based information in its operations.



He says he anticipates good outcomes from the partnership and by extension planning and environmental benefits for the country that will lead to better social and economic value for all its citizens.



President of UTech Professor Errol Morrison, says the MoU aligns perfectly with the strategic vision for the university.



NEPA’s MoU with UTech follows a similar agreement with the University of the West Indies signed in 2011.



The NEPA-UTech MoU is initially valid for five years but may be extended.



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