Members of the planning profession in Belize took a historic leap in signing on to the Articles and Memorandum of Association for the Belize Association of Planners (BAP), and registering it as a Non-Governmental Organization thus becoming the fourth Caribbean country to have a registered national planning association.
The BAP is formed primarily to provide a space and forum for planners to discuss, caucus and build consensus positions on issues and concerns that they consider important to promoting good governance, sustainable human settlements in Belize, and to create awareness on the need and importance of planning for sustainable development and sustainable human settlements in decision making processes, both in the public and private arenas.
In furtherance of this, BAP will be advancing the practice of planning as a profession in all aspects, to ensure the interest of the profession, its members and the general public. It will also promote and ensure high standards of professional competence and conduct in the practice of the profession.
In addition, BAP will promote research, data collection and analysis and compile statistics, plan and implement programs, projects and activities centered on advocating and promoting good governance, sustainable development and human settlements, and will facilitate the exchange of professional, educational, research and technical information in planning and related fields and the dissemination of good practice.
The Association intends to build and sustain strong partnerships and coalitions with government and non-governmental organizations nationally, regionally and internationally, that have similar objectives.
Founding members of the Association are Carolyn Trench-Sandiford, Malikah Cardona, Imani Fairweather-Morrison, Larry Wolfe, Caren Williams, Gina Young, Keisha Rodriguez, Subratu Basu, Anthony Andrews and Barbara Tillet-Abuhadi.