Living under the enforced restrictions as a result of the measures taken against the COVID-19 pandemic, has pushed Kosovo to address its current spatial planning problems in a planetary scale, prioritizing more sustainable approaches and rethinking territories beyond the traditional administrative borders. The emerging socio-economic impacts have caused a change of demand on housing, mobility infrastructure, open spaces, healthcare and educational services, which calls for rethinking the overall spatial development framework through an inclusionary process, including policymakers, theorists, practitioners and citizens.
In this regard, the Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (MESPI) in partnership with UN-Habitat Kosovo (also endorsed by the Prime Minister Office, the United Nation Development Coordinator Office, and UN-Habitat Headquarters), organized the one-day symposium “The Future of Territorial Planning in Kosovo” on June 25th, 2021, where a wide-range of existing issues and potential future prospects were actively discussed among the central level institutions, local and international academia and experts, local civil society representatives, as well as international organizations operating in Kosovo.
This report presents the main issues presented and discussed during the symposium, including the existing challenges in the country, recommendations about their potential solutions (based on good regional and global practices), as well as political commitments towards sustainable territorial/spatial development in Kosovo.
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The Albanian version of the report can be found if you click here
The Serbian version of the report can be found if you click here