Project Components
- Communications & Promotion

The intended output resulting from project communications and promotion is an increased level of awareness of project results and of the role of professional planning among residents of the selected communities and other communities in Guyana, as well as increased awareness among a wider audience in Guyana, the Commonwealth Caribbean and Canada. The outcome will be increased policy coherence through integration of planning practice into priority regional policy frameworks.

Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning Closing Event and Hand-Over Ceremony

The final Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community Planning event took place March 6th, 2012 in the form of a Closing Event and Hand-Over Ceremony. This event marked the end of all C-GPCP activities and included a hand-over of the project outputs and continuing activities to Central Housing & Planning Authority.

The event acknowledged the main partners, collaborating agencies and local communities who have been involved in C-GPCP Project activities. Attendees heard about project accomplishments, lessons learned and future steps for both Canadian and Guyanese partners. Key acknowledgement speeches were made by CH&PA senior staff, including the Hon. Mr. Irfaan Ali, Minister of Housing and Water.

C-GPCP staff provide a description of one of the Project outputs - the Community Planning Toolkit - at the Closing Event.

Hon. Min. Irfaan Ali addresses the attendees at the Closing Event.

A community group representative speaking about the C-GPCP involvement in her housing scheme.

Below you will find additional information related to the closing event:

Closing Event Slideshow
(.pdf Document)
Closing Event Media Advisory
(.pdf Document)
Article Covering the Closing Event Published in Kaieteur News
(.pdf Document)
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Caribbean Urban Forum 2012: Planning to Achieve the Vision... Towards a Green Urban Economy, March 14th - 16th, 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica

With the mandate of advancing a Caribbean Urban Agenda and best practices among planning professionals, the Jamaica Institute of Planners (JIP) will be hosting the 2nd annual Caribbean Urban Forum 2012: Planning to Achieve the Vision... Towards a Green Urban Economy (CUF 2012) from the 14th 17th March, 2012 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston, Jamaica.

This Forum is one in a series of regional events organized by the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM), in association with the Caricom Secretariat. It is also being organized in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and American Planning Association (APA). The Forum will showcase examples of good planning and urban management practices from across the Caribbean. Moreover, the Forum will serve as the launching pad for the Caribbean Planners Association (CPA).

Conference Outcomes

There are both national and regional objectives for the conference. The objectives are to:

  • Advance the Caribbean Urban Agenda;
  • Promote planning as a solution to urban and development challenges through the sharing of project experiences/issues from across the region (JIP, CAP, CIP, APA, BTCPS, TTSP, IDB, CDB);
  • Enable Caricom Ministers and Regional Planning Ministers to endorse the Caribbean Urban Agenda;
  • Host a CAP Americas Meeting; and
  • Launch the Caribbean Planners Association (CPA).

Conference Themes

  • Advancing the Caribbean Urban Agenda:

The Caribbean consists of a number of diverse states with varying demographic, social and economic characteristics as well as natural resources and the built environment. What defines the Caribbean City? What are its features and how has it evolved? This session explores the nature of the Caribbean City.

  • Planning as a solution to urban and development challenges:

As we strive to achieve our visions for sustainable development, a wide variety of professionals are required to inject their knowledge and expertise into discovering a continuously expanding plethora of solutions to the many problems plaguing Small Island States. The role of spatial planning and planners are especially crucial given the historical unbalanced and haphazard nature of development in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean Region. In this session we will share experiences and knowledge on planning issues and discuss solutions in charting a way forward.

  • Launch of the Caribbean Planners Association (CPA)
  • Presentations on the Green Urban Economy

Below you will find additional information related to the conference:

Final Conference Programme
(.pdf Document)
Announcement and Call for Abstracts
(.pdf Document)
Conference Registration Form
(.pdf Document)
Registration Policies and Guidelines
(.pdf Document)
Information for Exhibitors and Sponsors
(.pdf Document)
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Caribbean Regional Collaboration in Planning and Inception of the Guyana Planning Association

The C-GPCP, in collaboration with key stakeholders throughout the Caribbean is steering the creation of a Caribbean Planners Institute. This massive forum for regional professional collaboration combines the efforts of the three existing national planning associations in Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica under the guidance of the C-GPCP Project manager. It is expected that the new regional body will strengthen communication and collaboration among professional planning practitioners and academics in the Caribbean. Membership will also be open to students and professionals whose work links them in interests and vision to the planning profession.

The upcoming launching of this regional body is also providing the impetus for the creation of the first Guyana Planning Association. Conversations among C-GPCP staff and senior planners in the country have already begun, in order to research and fulfil the minimum standards required for the creation and formal registration of the national association. The establishment of the national body in Guyana and the formal launch of the regional planning body are expected to take place in early 2012.

Central Housing & Planning Authority Newsletter

The second issue of Community Buzz, a newsletter produced by the joint efforts of the C-GPCP and the CH&PA was published in January 2012. This quarterly newsletter is intended to highlight the importance of local communities in the planning process and increase the CH&PA's transparency and accountability through better communication with the public. The newsletter also enhances C-GPCP's branding and showcases our efforts to promote good planning practice in Guyana.

The second issue is dedicated to the accomplishments of the Section 'C' Cummings Park Multi-Purpose Building Management Committee. The newsletter tells the story of this group's process of group formation and their many achievements to date. Community Buzz also includes updates related to key activities in CH&PA departments including Planning & Settlement, Community Development, and Land Administration & Allocation. Subsequent issues will highlight important CH&PA news/milestones and update the general public on other achievements by local communities, the status of CDPs, etc. The newsletter can also promote private partners/sponsors linked to the work of the CH&PA.

Circulation for the first two issues of Community Buzz included 359 printed copies of each issue, in addition to electronic copies available through the CH&PA website and here: Issue 1; Issue 2.

International Conference on Establishing a Caribbean Urban Agenda and Meetings of the Working Group on Regional Professional Collaboration in Planning. April 6th - 9th, 2011 in Georgetown, Guyana

The Canada-Guyana Partnership for Community planning teamed up with the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM), the CARICOM secretariat and the American Planning Association (APA) to host an international conference in Georgetown, Guyana from April 6 – 9, 2011. The conference, which aimed to establish a Caribbean Urban agenda, also hosted the meetings of the working group on regional professional collaboration in planning. This international event brought together delegates and professional planning practitioners from several CARICOM member states, Canada and the United States.

For more information about the CNULM and the Caribbean Urban Agenda, please visit the blueSpace site at www.bluespacecaribbean.com

Below you will find additional information related to the conference:

Establishing a Policy and Research Agenda for the Urban Sector in the Caribbean
(.pdf Document)
Agenda, Annual Policy Meeting
(.pdf Document)
Program, Annual Policy Meeting
(.pdf Document)
Discussion Paper, Working Group on Regional Collaboration in Planning
(.pdf Document)
Presentation, American Planning Association (Working Group on Regional Collaboration in Planning)
(.pdf Document)
Presentation, Atlantic Planning Institute (Working Group on Regional Collaboration in Planning)
(.pdf Document)
Draft, Technical Working Paper: Strengthening the Development & Application of Urban Profiling Methodologies
(.pdf Document)
Draft, Discussion Paper: Towards a Caribbean Urban Agenda
(.pdf Document)
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Plan Canada article: Low Carbon Community Development in the Caribbean

Project coordinator Marcelle Linton and project manager Michel Frojmovic teamed up with Planning Mission volunteer Darwin Horning to write an article about Low Carbon Community Development in the Caribbean. The article appears in the Winter 2010 edition of Plan Canada magazine. Please follow the link below to find a PDF version of the article:

Low Carbon Community Development in the Caribbean
(.pdf Document)

International Conference on Low Carbon Development and Community Planning

One of the greatest project accomplishments for 2010 is the International Conference on Low Carbon Development and Community Planning, held at the Cara Lodge Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana from June 15-18, 2010. The event was 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).

The conference brought together a diverse group of academics and practitioners from Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad, St. Lucia, Belize, Canada and the Netherlands. Through presentations and highly interactive workshops, participants shared their knowledge and expertise with the purpose of strengthening the role of community planning in low carbon development, a topic which has gained momentum and international recognition thanks to the Government of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). One of the conference’s main goals was to build on the great work already achieved by the government in this important topic.

The President of Guyana, His Excellency, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo delivered the keynote speech during the conference’s opening ceremony on Tuesday, June 15. Dr. Jagdeo emphasized the critical role that community planning plays on climate change adaptation; he said that “no Caribbean country today can exclude from its planning process the huge challenges that are going to be posed by climate change.” Dr. Jagdeo, as well as other presenters during the opening ceremony agreed that community planning and a Low Carbon Development strategy will only succeed with international cooperation, collaboration and community participation.

Below you will find related and useful information pertaining to the conference:

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Conference Report
(.pdf Document)
Conference Guide
(.pdf Document)
Conference programme
(.pdf Document)
Conference Participants
(.pdf Document)
Mobile Workshop: 7 Miles Bartica
Photo Gallery
Mobile Workshop: Santa Mission
Photo Gallery
Mobile Workshop: Iwokrama
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Presentation Name Prepared/Presented by
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Building a Case for Planned Climate Change Adaptation for Georgetown Dr. Paulette Bynoe
Considerations for a post Communicative Climate Resilient Urban Planning Theory Mr. Andrew R. Bishop, AICP
Integrating Community Development Planning into Climate Change Adaptation Mr. R. Edinboro, G. Stewart, A. Smith
Toward Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation Planning and Implementation for Low Carbon Cities in Small Island States of the Caribbean: Resolving the Dilemma through a People-centred Integrated Planning Process and Institutional Framework:
Annex 1, Prepared for the 45th ISOCARP Congress 2009 July, 2009
Dr. Marlyn Morris
Toward Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation Planning and Implementation for Low Carbon Cities in Small Island States of the Caribbean: Resolving the Dilemma through a People-centred Integrated Planning Process and Institutional Framework:
Annex 2, Prepared for the Conference on Low Carbon Development – Guyana 15-19th June, 2010
Dr. Marlyn Morris
Governance and Inclusive Development (GID) Prof. Dr. Isa Baud
Household vulnerability to climate change:
Examining flood risks and perceptions of households in Georgetown and Paramaribo
Mr. F. Linnekamp, A. Koedam, Isa. Baud
Household vulnerability to climate change - Presentation:
Examining flood risks and perceptions of households in Georgetown and Paramaribo
Mr. F. Linnekamp, A. Koedam, Isa. Baud
Household vulnerability to climate change - Summary