ECRAN Regional Training Workshop on SEA in Spatial Planning

Date: 15-16.06.2016
Place: Tirana, Albania
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

Spatial planning represents one of the most important planning schemes in almost all ECRAN beneficiary countries. Since large development is often proposed in the spatial plans (e.g. transport infrastructure corridors, industrial zones etc.), implementation of spatial plans may significantly affect the environment as well as human health. Therefore, efficient application of SEA for spatial plans is an essential way to avoid or minimize negative effects related to the spatial development and to contribute to better environmental and health ‘performance’ of the spatial planning.

There has been a long history of SEA application for spatial/land-use plans within EU, therefore case examples from Croatia, Czech Republic, and Slovenia may provide information to be applied in ECARN beneficiary countries. Since SEA pilot in Albania (supported by ECRAN in 2015 – 2016, task 2.4.2) was conducted for the General National Territorial Plan, this case will provide a basis for discussions on efficient application of SEA for spatial plans, as well as it will enable to visit several sites where the most significant effects were identified by SEA and thus illustrate practical approaches to the assessment.

Wider Objective

To present case example of SEA for the General National Territorial Plan of Albania as well as Croatian, Czech, and Slovenian practice of SEA application for spatial plans and thus provide hands- on experience for the workshop participants.

Specific Objectives

  • To highlight main issues regarding SEA application for spatial plans;
  • To share Albanian, Croatia, Czech, and Slovenian experience with practical SEA application for spatial plans;
  • Based on presented practical cases to formulate recommendations to enhance SEA practice in spatial planning in ECRAN beneficiary countries.

Expected Results

  • Increased understanding of the efficient application of SEA for spatial plans;
  • Contacts established between the study visit participants and the relevant governmental institutions to be further utilized.