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gives also a base for analyses and a plan for complementary studies or surveys or other measures needed for future steps. Based on this survey also a target setting procedure for the whole spatial zonation planning process will be done.

Need to develop the present monitoring system of state of the environment in the province and the dissemination of that information for citizens will be evaluated here as well, and a special plan for capacity building and training and for other development needs will be produced when relevant (see

Carry out consultative process for spatial planning and for conservation at provincial, district and local municipal as well as community levels where appropriate

This is a key phase in the whole project. Based on the previous surveys and possible complementary studies, the project guided by the Provincial Department for Local Government and Housing, will organise series of discussions with each local and district municipality and other relevant stakeholders, with special reference to civil society groups and the private sector, regarding their visions and wishes presented in existing IDPs and in LDOs concerning future spatial development in their territory. Based on these negotiations and consultations a draft zonation plan will be produced. This draft plan will present such development and conservation zones in each municipality, which are seen relevant and necessary for the sustainable development in the province in the course of the next 10-20 years. It is important to understand, that the draft is not aiming to cover the total land area or all land use categories of municipalities or province, but focus on those areas where the development or conservation needs are obvious and are well foreseen during the planning period.

This phase of the project needs backup in the form of training and education by which the role and practices of spatial planning is introduced and taught to municipal decision makers and other relevant stakeholders. Services of provincial training/education institutions, such as the University of North West, will be used.

Carry out a biodiversity survey

Nature conservation will be an essential part of the spatial planning. The basic knowledge of the conservation situation is quite good in the province (see e.g. the Environmental Potential Atlas), but it is also known that some gaps still exist in this area. It is important to fulfill these gaps as soon as possible as a part of the project. Therefore an analysis or study of biodiversity situation will be started as soon as possible, because the work requires some fieldwork during a proper season. A consultant will be hired to carry out this work together with the province authorities.

Prepare provincial spatial zonation plan for selected land-use categories like conservation, business development, housing and major physical infrastructure

Based on the previous steps the province government will finalize the plan. Consultations will still be made with relevant stakeholders using organizations like A Re Ageng as an important discussion forum. The final spatial zonation plan for 2010-2020 will include selected important elements showing the needs of major technical infrastructure development, housing areas, business development zones, and nature conservation areas and their possible expansions. In case there are conflicting needs between different development initiatives or areas between neighboring municipalities, it is the duty of provincial government after the above-mentioned consultations to set up the priorities. The plan will be formally approved by the province government and it will guide the related decision making at all decision making levels in the province.

Integrate the spatial zonation plan with the existing provincial GIS system

To make the best use of the spatial zonation plan by all stakeholders and interested parties, the zonation plan  will be made as visible and as easy to achieve as possible. For that reason the plan will be

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