Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Defence), James Macharia (Transport and Infrastructure), Charles Keter (Energy and Petroleum), Willy Bett (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries) and Dan Kazungu (Mining)
On Wednesday the 1st of March 2017, WWF-Kenya celebrated a major milestone in influencing Kenya’s development towards a path of sustainability. WWF’s Spatial Planning Unit (in both the Kenya and WWF-UK Office) worked with the Kenyan government and other partners in the development of the country’s first ever National Spatial Plan (NSP).
The National Spatial Plan (NSP) is Kenya’s first spatial vision that defines the general trend and direction of spatial development for the country. It is a Kenya Vision 2030 flagship project aimed at distributing the population and activities on he national space to sustainable socio-economic development. The Plan envisages to transform the country into a globally competitive and prosperous nation, offering a high quality of life for all citizens in a clean and secure environment for the next thirty (30) years as envisioned in the Vision 2030.
The National Spatial Plan is designed to provide a national spatial planning framework for integration of social, economic and environmental policies. It aims at strengthening national economic planning by giving spatial dimension to various national economic sector policies and coordinating sectoral agencies in order to mitigate the duplication of functions and responsibilities and thereby reducing the wastage of Kenya’s limited resources. Importantly, the Plan formulates physical/spatial-planning policies, which support socio-economic and sectoral planning; it finally serves as a guide in the preparation of regional, county and local spatial plans.
This achievement was celebrated during the launch of the NSP at a high level national function attended by six Cabinet Secretaries- a number of Permanent Secretaries, United Nations, Civil Society Organizations and County Governments among others – an indicator of the importance of the plan in guiding development across all sectors.
During the launch, WWF-Kenya’s Conservation Director, Dr. Bosire underscored the need to set aside resources for the implementation of the Plan. He also emphasized the need for monitoring of its implementation. The Cabinet Secretary for Lands and Planning Professor Jacob Kaimenyi on the other hand reiterated the government’s commitment to implementation of the Plan. Through the implementation of the National Spatial Plan, WWF sees an opportunity for proper planning that supports our mission ‘To stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature.’’
Article by Alex Kubasu/ WWF-Kenya