Land and Resource Use Planning
Land and resource use planning is a priority in Palau, across a variety of national plans. However, there are few comprehensive plans in place, in part because there is little technical capacity in Palau to conduct such planning. In 2011, only Airai had completed a full land use plan, and Koror had a zoning act and map.
PCS played a major role in helping Airai State complete its land use plan. In January of 2010 Airai State completed a Master Plan to guide its development, and then began work on a complementary land use plan and zoning code tied to physical maps of the state. The plans and codes were adopted by the Airai State legislature and the state is now actively implementing the plans, including during its permitting procedures. PCS helped support these efforts by identifying and providing a land use planner to assist them in the development of these plans. PCS also worked with Airai State to document and design a framework for master plan development, and is using this framework with other states. PCS’s work in Airai came out of the Ecosystem-based Management Project.
PCS is now using the Master Planning framework with the Melekeok State Planning Commission to help them develop a Master and Land Use Plan. Ngardmau State has also started land use planning, using a variety of resources.
In addition to the creation of land use plans with a spatial focus, PCS also assists states to develop natural resource plans, for resources that are not tied to a specific piece of land. So far, PCS has helped Ngchesar State develop a Sediment Control Plan.
We assist state governments with land and resource use planning by:
PCS has been involved with community-based state planning for many years, first starting with a program called Community Visioning. Read about some of our lessons learned on state planning.