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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Case 02 - Landscape-ecological planning in urban and peri-urban areas: Case study of Trnava, Slovakia

Please read the OpenNESS final case study booklet 'Ecosystem services in operation' for the final outcomes of the cases. More detailed information about the cases and the tools and methods used can be found on Oppla:

Trnava is an administrative, economic, cultural and science-research centre of the district and Trnava Region in Western Slovakia. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful mediaeval towns in Slovakia. Nowadays Trnava belongs to the most rapidly developing cities in Slovakia with strong industrial investments (e.g. Peugeot-Citroen, Samsung, Johns Manville). Contrariwise urban growth causes strong environmental problems in the area – air and water pollution, agricultural land take and low ecological stability of landscapes. The adjacent area to the city of Trnava represents intensively managed large-scale farmland.

The study area consists of the city and its buffer area (16 settlements, 324.8 km2, 92,730 inhabitants).  The main goal of the study is to undertake an evaluation of the current state of the NC and ES framework implementation in Slovakia and to make a proposal of the appropriate methods for landscape and spatial planning at local and regional level in urban and peri-urban areas.

The partial goals are:

  • analysis of the current state of NC/ES implementation in Slovakia (legislation, competence and role of authorities);
  • review of existing planning and strategic documents;
  • proposal for changes in the planning process due to improved implementation of the NC/ES framework in the management and decision-making process;
  • evaluation of particularities of the urban and peri-urban areas with respect to the NC/ES framework.

The case-study leader is Dr. Zita Izakovičová director of the Institute of Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava. The case-study representative is Dr. Peter Mederly, Regioplan Nitra. These two institutions will work together with a group of stakeholders consisting from 15-20 people representing important interest groups (national, regional and local authorities, industrial clusters, universities, NGOs, etc.).