Human Development Indicators and Spatial Development And Planning: Opportunities and Challenges

Fetahagic, Maida (2011). "Human Development Indicators and Spatial Development And Planning: Opportunities and Challenges" Paper presented at the 8th annual conference of the HDCA, 6-8 September 2011, the Hague, the Netherlands.

Connections and relations between human development concept and spatial development and planning are explored and application of human development indicators in creating spatial plans are considered in this paper. Universal use of human development indicators implies their application in preparing and creating spatial plans as well. Beside the standard human development indicators that have been used so far, Spatial Development Index is presented for the needs of spatial planning. Contribution of this paper is reflected in the methodology of spatial development index that can be applied at the level of municipalities, cantons, regions or any other territorial spatial units for preparation of spatial development plans. Experiences of Bosnia and Herzegovina in national human development reports are a special part of this paper. The need for spatial planning at the level of the BiH state was underlined, as an instrument for arrangement of unique space of the state of BiH. Consideration of the EU context of spatial planning imposes a new role of spatial planning in BiH: this is also an instrument for successful integration into international and interregional trends.
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