The Land Use Planning and Management Project (LUPMP) in Ghana is a three year initiative (2007-2010). It is an integral part of the broader Land Administration Project (LAP) which has been implemented by the Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines since 2003. LUPMP is funded by the Government of Ghana and the Nordic Development Fund.
 
The project’s overall objective is to develop a coherent, streamlined and sustainable land use planning and management system which is decentralised and based on consultative and participatory approaches in order to manage effectively human settlements development. LUPMP is, effectively, an ambitious attempt to reform and update Ghana’s land use planning and management system. The project’s immediate counterpart is the Town and Country Planning Department, which is a key agency of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment with the mandate for the planning and management of human settlements – cities, towns and villages – in Ghana.
 
The project is proceeding by way of four activity clusters:
 
1.      Development and testing of pilot decentralised land use models in selected high priority areas
2.      Policy studies and the reform of the legal and institutional framework for land use planning and management
3.      Implementation of an information system for land use planning and management
4.      Pilot plan making and the implementation of plans at regional, district and local levels.
 
As a sub-contractor to COWI A/S of Denmark which leads the international and local consortium providing technical assistance to the project, CIDT is providing input into Activities 2 and 4 above, principally in terms of assisting in the researching and drafting of a policy study on human settlements and land use planning and management; and, later in the project, through assistance that will be given to plan making and to plan implementation in selected metropolitan areas in Ghana.