First urban seminar today

A THREE day first Solomon Islands National Urban Conference (NUC) will commence today in Honiara.

The Ministry of Lands, Housing & Survey with the assistance of UN-Habitat, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and the Australian Government, is hosting the conference.

This is the first time such a conference will be held in the country (Solomon Islands) and a range of Ministry, Provincial, and international representatives are scheduled to present.

The theme for the conference is “Reconnecting the Urban Dots”.

“The conference seeks to reconnect all issues of the urban planning and development in Solomon Islands,” the Director of Physical Planning in the Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Survey, Buddley Ronnie had earlier revealed.

During the three day conference, presenters will cover a range of topics, including planning for climate change, informal settlement upgrading, proposed national urbanisation and housing policies, provincial planning issues, and new and proposed initiatives such as the Land Board, Strata Titles, sub-division planning and legislative reforms.

“The conference will also look at why urban planning seems to be lagging behind in terms of transforming urban development at an anticipated pace and scale.

“By the end of day three of the conference, the aim is to agree on the best way forward to improve urban planning and development in Solomon Islands.”

By Admin/News Desk

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