Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding

Signing of memorandum of understanding on Caribbean initiatives

The American Planning Association, the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), and the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) held a ceremonial memorandum of understanding signing on October 11, 2012. This marked an important milestone in the joint effort to promote sustainable planning practice and continue on existing and future initiatives to be undertaken throughout the Caribbean.

The ceremony was held at CIP's National Planning Conference, in Banff, Alberta. The memorandum puts into writing a commitment by APA, CIP, and CNULM to support the Caribbean Urban Agenda and prioritize ongoing cooperation on future international initiatives.

One specific initiative the memorandum will support is the Caribbean Planners Association (CPA), which was launched at the Second Annual Caribbean Urban Forum held in Jamaica in March 2012. The CPA was created to serve as the regional professional institute that certifies and supports professional planners and planning students in the Caribbean.

The CPA also acts as the advocate for creating healthy sustainable and livable communities and natural environments through effective planning and the advancement of the planning profession throughout the Caribbean.

This milestone also acknowledges a 25-year effort between CIP and CNULM to promote planning dialogue and practice throughout the Caribbean. In 2010, APA joined this effort through support from the Department of State's Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Initiative.

APA currently has two ECPA grants, both of which focus on capacity building and providing technical assistance throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Image: The October 11 memorandum of agreement signing was attended by, from left, Christine Platt, President, Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP); Michel Frojmovic, Consultant to CIP; Jennifer Graeff, APA; Steven Braiser, CEO of CIP; Andrea Gabor, President of CIP; Jacques Besner, CIP; and Asad Mohammed, Director of CNULM (seated).