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Sustainable Development Atlas


Overview of the Municipality Dragash - southern part of Kosovo

Example of an assessment map - biodiversity - fauna

Example of an assessment map: agriculture and forest (incl. forest functions)

Example of an Integrated guidance map: areas with different functional structure

Approach of the Sustainability Atlas


Assessment considers four factors of influence:

  • The availability or quantity of the resource base – how much or little, how easy or difficult to access?
  • The quality of the resource base – how good or bad?
  • The functions or services that the resource has for society, nature or the economy - how much is needed, what for, and where?
  • The sensitivity or vulnerability of a resource against stress, impacts or inadequate utilisation, which may negatively affect its functions, quantity, quality, availability: how sensitive or how robust?

For each resource, extent and spatial (geographical) distribution/location of these four factors are considered and evaluated. Only where any of the four factors is highly relevant for development are such sites or areas finally designated as zones. This evaluation of planning and management relevance is the basis to formulate appropriate sustainable development objectives.

In short, this first step provides the relevant information for each SDA key field, highlighting the problems and showing development opportunities and their location of relevance.


Spatial Development Objectives: from SDA Resource Assessment to SDA Guidance