Land Policy Conference: Administration for Sustainable Development

The Conference aims to engage the wider professional community practising in surveying and land management, towards developing an all-encompassing Land Administration Policy for Trinidad and Tobago.
For more information
Contact us at 683-3643 / 468-3356
Professional Center, 11-13 Fitzblackman Drive
Woodbrook Port-of-Spain, 170516, Trinidad and Tobago

Featured presenters and panelist

Senator the Honourable
Pennelope Beckles-Robinson

Minister of Planning
and Development

Prof. Herbert Sukhu

Associate Vice President – Research,
Nature Science Research and Innovation Centre Inc

Mr. Allan Stewart

Director, Office of the Chief Secretary, Tobago Emergency Management Agency

Mr. Hayden Romano

Chief Executive Officer, Environmental Management Authority

Dr. Michael Sutherland

Senior Lecturer, and Head of Department, Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, The University of the West Indies

Dr. James Armstrong

Chairman, National Planning Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Charisse Griffith-Charles

Senior Lecturer, and Deputy Dean Undergraduate Student Affairs, Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, The University of the West Indies

Ms. Cherece Wallace

Director, Land Management Department,
Tobago House of Assembly

Mr. Vaughn Lezama

Registrar/ Secretary, Board of Engineering of Trinidad and Tobago

Mr. Afra Raymond

Managing Director,
Raymond & Pierre Ltd

Ms. Keisha Whittaker

Geotechnical and Mining Engineer, Consultant

Mr. Colvin Blaize

Attorney-at-Law, and Chief Executive Officer, C.E. Blaize & Co.

Mr. Edward Moodie

President, South Oropouche Riverine Flood Action Group

Mr. Lenny Hanomansingh

Director, L&S Surveying
Services Ltd

Mr. Nigel Ramsey

President, Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad and Tobago

Mr. Derek Outridge

Land Administration Committee Chair, Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad and Tobago

Ms. Natasha Bastaldo

Managing Director, and Valuation Surveyor, Ameliorate General Services Limited

Agenda - March 22, 2023

7:15 - 8:00Registration
8:00 - 8:15Welcome MessageISTT President, Mr. Nigel Ramsey
8:15 - 9:00Keynote SpeechSenator the Honourable
Pennelope Beckles-Robinson
9:00 - 9:25The Mandate of the National Planning AuthorityDr. James Armstrong
9:25 - 9:50BREAK
9:50 - 10:30A Utopian Role of the COSL in a Modern Land Policy for Sustainable Development in Trinidad and TobagoMrs. Bhanmati Seecharan
10:30 - 11:10Marine Tenure for Sustainable Development PolicyDr. Michael Sutherland
11:10 - 11:50Fit for Purpose Land Administration ModelDr. Charisse Griffith-Charles
11:50 - 12:55LUNCH
12:55 - 13:35Land Policy for Sustainable Mining Development Recommendations for a Modern Land Policy in Trinidad and TobagoProf. Herbert Sukhu
13:35 - 14:15The Sustainability of Mineral Resources for Local Infrastructure Development.Ms. Keisha Whittaker
14:15 - 14:40BREAK
14:40 - 15:05Renewable Energy: Achieving Net ZeroMs. Natasha Bastaldo
15:05 - 15:50Climate Change and the Impact on Land Management in Trinidad and TobagoPanel:
Mr. Edward Moodie,
Mr. Allan Stewart
Ms. Cherece Wallace

Mr. Lenny Hanomansingh
15:50 - 16:00Closing Rebuttal RappoteursMr. Trevor Narine
Mr. Ajay Phowdie

Agenda - March 23, 2023

7:15 - 8:00Registration
8:00 - 8:10Welcome MessageMr. Derek Outridge
8:10 - 8:50Hazard and Disaster Data Usage Mitigation Tool for Sustainable Development Policy in Trinidad and TobagoMr. Allan Stewart
8:50 - 9:30Land Tenure/Environmental Land Issues in TobagoMs. Cherece Wallace
9:30 - 9:50BREAK
9:50 - 10:30Land Use Policy for Agriculture During Climate ChangeDr. Ronald Roopnarine
10:30 - 11:05Complying with the PAFD Act for Registration of Professionals and How it Impacts Practitioners in Land and Building DevelopmentMr. Vaughn Lezama
11:05 - 12:00Current Practices and Challenges in Farming and Mining and Recommendations for a Modern Land Policy in Trinidad and TobagoPanel:
Prof. Herbert Sukhu
Mr. Denny Dipchansingh
Mr. Edward Moodie

Moderator: Ms. Paula Drakes
12:00 - 12:55LUNCH
12:55 - 13:35EMA Conditionalities and Enforcement: Are Land Developers Compliant?Mr. Hayden Romano
13:35 - 14:15Land Grabbing and Squatter Regularization Practice: Is this a Sustainable Land Policy for Trinidad and TobagoMr. Hazar Hosein
14:15 - 14:40BREAK
14:40 - 15:40Participants recommendations for Land PolicyModerator:
Mr. Colvin Blaize
15:40 - 16:00Closing Rebuttal RappoteursMr. Nigel Ramsey
Mr. Derek Outridge
Interview with Dr. Charisse Griffith-Charles and Mr. Colvin Blaize
on the Morning Edition, CCN TV6
Interview with Mr. Derek Outridge and Ms. Natasha Bastaldo
on the NOW Morning Show, TTT Limited