Starting Year: 1998
The country of Jamaica is currently restructuring their cadastral, land management, and environmental resource protection government functions to a more rational and integrated structure. The Land Administration Management Programme (LAMP) within the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) was assigned the task of coordinating this metamorphosis. As part of the organizational reform process, LAMP envisioned a national, GIS-based Land Information System (LIS) system as the foundation of the country’s geographic information infrastructure. Working through the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Mark Sorensen was commissioned in 1998 to help pull together the information management considerations of 9 other consultant teams to formulate an integrated National LIS Framework Plan. Focused workshops were held with all the major Ministry stakeholders to identify and prioritize the databases and applications that would comprise the initial framework. This required careful consideration of a wide range of issues, dependencies, technical infrastructure, institutional capacity, the identification of fundamental needs across the entire stakeholder community, consideration of the specialized needs of individual Ministries, and a host of other issues. The resulting plan is now being used to structure the first phase of a long-term implementation effort.