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Land Use Planning

"Stakeholders all have ideas on how land use can best create a positive development direction."

Many models have been used internationally for land use planning. Common to all successful models is a philosophy of multi-sectoral approaches and multi-stakeholder involvement.

Lack of transparency in land use planning and conversion, as well as resource and industrial development undermines the accountability of governments to the public in natural resource allocation. At stake is not only the assurance of full and fair value for the public treasury when resources are transferred, but the issue of preservation of nature (and existing livelihoods) for future generations. Frequently a lack of public information hampers resource stewardship and advocacy for rights of landholders and users.

Spectrum's approach is to improve access to information and broaden the land use planning discussions as much as possible. We aim to do this by:

  • Bringing together disparate data collected by groups currently working on natural resource projects, including extraction
  • Designing development paths and implementing development projects
  • Monitoring the environment and forest cover
  • Monitoring land use in the contexts of community displacements, livelihood and food security, and nature conservation programs.

Using the data available, sharing the information collected, and making information more accessible offers much potential to improve the current situation. Planning information should include government documents, maps of activities of many different ministries, environmental documents, assessments of impacts, media reports, ground-level observation and more, giving an opportunity to aggregate credible information describing current land allocation and use.

Land use planning models such as the Zoning for Ecological and Economic Territorial Ordering (ZEOTT) system for Peru have had special focus in our work and offer much learning for the Myanmar LAUSC systems (Land Use Allocation and Scrutiny Committee). Most important of all is hearing the voices of the many stakeholders who all have ideas on how land use can "best" create a positive development direction.

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