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Utilizing Spatial Planning for Sustainable Development in Serbia | CBD National Reporting Best Practice Series

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Utilizing Spatial Planning for Sustainable Development in Serbia | CBD National Reporting Best Practice Series

Serbia’s Republic Agency for Spatial Planning (SASP) has been successful in integrating and harmonizing Serbia’s ecological, economic and social development, based on the principles of sustainability. SASP achieves this goal by informing policy and development decisions through local, regional and national level spatial plans. The success of SASP corroborates the importance of having spatial planning integrated into national development policies and plans.  

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Key outcomes include: 

  1. The Republic Agency for Spatial Planning (SASP) has prepared and coordinated eight regional spatial plans, which include various aspects of environmental protection.
  2. The SASP has prepared and coordinated the development of 72 spatial plans of special purpose areas (SPSPA), out of which 18 plans have been elaborated for protected areas. 
  3. Examples of thematic maps include: Spatial conditions for agricultural land-use:; Waste management:; Protection and improvement of environment:; Protection of natural heritage:; Functional urban areas 2020:; Protection and sustainable use of cultural heritage:; Spatial distribution and development of industry:; Spatial and functional structuring of tourist areas:
  4. Special Purpose Area Spatial Plans include: Ključ Storage Basin Special-Purpose Area: ; Stuborovni Storage Basin Special-Purpose Area:  

Key lessons include: 

  • Spatial data empowers governments to achieve biodiversity and sustainable development targets, enabling well-informed decisions which ensure that nature is not left behind in the age of “smart growth” and information.
  • Democratizing and accelerating access to different layers of spatial data should be an essential component of national planning and implementation.
  • Use of spatial planning in local and regional development plans requires: a strong legislative and policy framework which promotes the integration of biodiversity conservation into sectoral plans and policies; a strong political will; technical capacity; an efficient institutional structure; and financial resources.
  • Spatial planning can enhance regional cooperation for a better understanding of common challenges and opportunities in conserving biodiversity and achieving the sustainable development agenda.

This best practice has been repurposed from Serbia’s 5NR. Click here to read more here