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The Conference, under the auspices of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is being hosted by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), and the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) under the EduLink Project in association with the University of Guyana (UG).

While the Government of Guyana has initiated very good policy actions such as the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) at the national level in dealing with issues of climate change there has been recognition of the need for such initiatives to be translated into firm actions and plans at the Community level.

This therefore explains the reason for, and the focus of the Conference on “Low Carbon Development and Community Planning”.

The June 2010 International Conference will bring together professionally and geographically diverse practitioners, including Land Use Planners, Environmentalists, and Community Leaders from Guyana, Suriname,  Trinidad, Grenada, Belize, Canada and the Netherlands.

The Conference will combine lectures and highly interactive workshops and is expected to define a practical programme of activities aimed at strengthening and implementing Low Carbon Development, including Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) using various methods, practices and tools available to the planning profession.

It is envisaged that the International Conference will:

1. Define a practical programme of activities aimed at supporting Low Carbon Development
by means of various methods, practices, and tools available to the Planning profession, with specific reference to Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS);

2. Demonstrate the relevance of Professional Planning Practice to the topics of Climate
Change and low carbon development;

3. Offer a forum for enabling cross-sectoral, bilateral and multi-partnerships among Climate
Change and Urban & Land Use Planning Practitioners and Organizations.




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