Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Wednesday launched
a 30-year strategic plan to revamp management and utilization of
land against a backdrop of its rising demand amid urbanization
and population growth.
Jacob Kaimenyi, Cabinet Secretary for
Lands and Physical Planning, said the National Spatial Plan
covering 2015 to 2045 will guide sustainable and equitable use
of land and terrestrial resources to hasten Kenya’s growth.
“The government seeks to promote
balanced and sustainable utilization of land resources in
the country to prevent ecological depletion and ethnic
conflicts. The first national spatial plan for Kenya will
help us achieve that goal,” said Kaimenyi.
Kaimenyi said a revamped national land
management strategy would stimulate investments in key areas
like agriculture, fisheries and infrastructure development.
“Our country will be able to establish
special economic zones, develop the blue economy alongside
critical infrastructure without harming the environment or
displacing communities thanks to a revised strategy to
manage land resources,” Kaimenyi said.
The government has fast-tracked
implementation of a national land policy to address historical
injustices linked to its unfair distribution. Kaimenyi noted
that haphazard allocation of prime land is a threat to Kenya’s
stability and economic growth.
“We are committed to tackle unplanned
development of land that has destroyed fragile ecosystems
while fuelling conflicts,” Kaimenyi said, adding that a
revamped land management strategy will facilitate growth of
smart and green cities.
The Kenyan constitution roots for
efficient and sustainable use of land to accelerate
socio-economic development in the country.