Within the framework of the development of the Strategy for Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development in the Republic of Serbia, until 2030, a workshop “Vision, Objectives and Priorities” was held. A broader working group and working teams of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and the Institute for Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia, with the technical support of the GIZ / AMBERO project, took part in the gathering on June 4, 2018, in the UNDP premises in Belgrade.
The workshop was attended by about 60 representatives of ministries, local and national authorities, academic institutions, institutes, public and private urban planning enterprises, development agencies, professional associations, non-governmental organizations and the civil sector, and international programs – from Arandjelovac, Belgrade, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Nis, Novi Sad, Smederevo and Uzice. The gathering was opened by Mr. Žarko Petrović from UNDP, Anne Wirtz, the manager of the GIZ project “Strengthening of local land management in Serbia” and Dr Siniša Trkulja, advisor at the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure.
After the introductory presentations of Dr Marija Maksin and German consultant Jochen Gaully, the workshop was initiated through discussion in thematic groups and related to strategic directions of urban development: sustainable economic development, urban development, social well-being, environmental quality and urban governance. For each of the strategic directions, general and specific objectives and packages of measures have been proposed and discussed with the participants.
In relation to the spatial dimension of the strategy, potential major areas of intervention were defined: brownfield locations and economic and commercial zones, urban sprawl and degradation of rural areas, endangered urban structures and inner city areas, urban settlements with a concentration of social issues, settlements exposed to problems of environmental protection and climate change, cultural urban heritage and historical development. Problems and character of interventions, expected results, and examples were defined for the each area. Participants of the workshop gave their comments and supplements to the examples from practice. And finally, participants were invited to present their personal view of the vision on a special poster.
Throughout the discussion, the objectives, measures and proposals of the intervention area were confirmed to a large extent, but some were also corrected. The proposals of innovative projects on the topic of resilience to climate change were also presented by UNDP representatives.
Following the correction of the material according to the suggested comments, the next workshop is planned at the end of June 2018.