Topic outline

The course introduces spatial planning, identifying its rationale and benefits, its key principles and the main stages in the spatial planning process. It represents a useful reference for all those who want to promote and implement spatial planning in their countries as an instrument to reconcile and harmonize different, often conflicting, public and private interests on land, fisheries and forests.


The curriculum primarily addresses “change agents” - i.e. people who can have a direct impact by introducing changes in how tenure is governed. They include national policy makers and administrators, surveyors, trainers, legal support providers, civil society and nongovernmental organizations, advocacy, control and monitoring professionals.

  • Definition of spatial planning
  • Importance of spatial planning
  • Context within which spatial planning contributes to sustainable development
  • Key principles that define the scope of spatial planning
  • Steps of the spatial planning process
  • Tasks and responsibilities at the different administrative levels

The course consists of 3 lessons, ranging from approximately 25 to 50 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – Why spatial planning?
  • Lesson 2 – What is spatial planning?
  • Lesson 3 – How to do spatial planning?

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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      European Union (EU)