PROJECT. ACTIVITIES. by Dr Adrian Chong. OBJECTIVE To promote sustainable land use planning and development in Sabah. The 4 pilot districts for the ELP Projects are Sandakan, Tuaran, Beaufort and Kuala Penyu.
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Dr Adrian Chong
To promote sustainable land use planning and development in Sabah
The technical departments involved in the ELP Project are e.g. Agriculture Dept., DID, JKR,
L & S Dept., Fisheries Dept., and DOE.
District Plan & Local Plan
The capabilities of involved staff of all 4 districts have also been increased in the following aspects:
Greater understanding of environmental considerations when making plans/policies or when undertaking projects;
Ability to operate a digital GIS using District themes through training and provision of ELP computers;
Ability to discuss planning related matters in groups representing a wide range of agencies, organisations and individuals.
The long-term objective of the project is to promote ‘sustainable land use planning and development in Sabah’.
This required that environmental policies, strategies and recommendations are more effectively carried into land use planning and that the capabilities and networking skills of TRPD are increased.
The first Immediate Objective is “strengthened capacity of TRPD to elaborate land use plans and implement effective development control at local level in cooperation with District authorities”.
The second Immediate Objective is ‘Inter-agency co-ordination and cooperation at State and district level, including private stakeholders, in sustainable land use planning and development control.
A state level Environmental Topic Task Force was also set up to organize and coordinate technical agency cooperation with the ELP project.
The third Immediate Objective requires ‘Awareness-raising and public participation’, based on local initiatives and commitment, in relation to sustainable land use planning and development control.
The project has significantly improved the way that District and Local Plans are produced in Sabah. These improvements include:
Coordination with other technical agencies (e.g. DID, Agriculture, JKR, Forestry) and District Councils;
Change from paper making to a fully digital system of data collection, analysis and map production.
Exhibitions were conducted successfully and conferences were also held where the various work groups presented their working papers for discussion and deliberation.
The ELP Project will be completed in February 2005.