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ONSS Oman National Spatial Strategy

The objective of the Oman National Spatial Strategy (ONSS) is to prepare a solid framework for a land use strategy that will ensure a balanced sustainable socio-economic development at national and regional levels in the light of the broad goals of the national long term strategy and vision.

The contract for the ONSS was awarded in October 2010 by the Supreme Committee for Town Planning of the Sultanate of Oman. The ONSS Project is about building Oman’s future planning system and shaping the strategic directions of the Sultanate. It is one of the largest projects in Oman and will have far-reaching effects. It is highly complex and requires inputs from many disciplines.

Over the course of the project policies for the implementation of the ONSS are proposed, new planning institutions are developed, the Oman Planning Information System (OPIS) is implemented and capacity is built across all relevant tiers and agencies.

Main outputs:
National Spatial Planning Strategy: the design of a spatial strategy on the national and regional level will be the main output. Main features will be spatial development concepts and plans, settlement structure hierarchy and functions of settlements, potentials of economic areas and development sites, the provision of a social and technical infrastructure, preservation of environment, natural resources and cultural heritage, prevention against natural hazards and environmental pollution, urban and rural development strategy.
Oman Planning Information System (OPIS): preparation and development of a national planning geo-information system. The ONSS GIS includes processes for data collection, data harmonisation and data modelling, as well as procedures for assuring quality, data exchange and data maintenance.
Institutional and Legal Planning Framework: assessment of the current institutional and legal planning framework and proposal of procedures, regulations and instruments for spatial development and regulation (models of spatial governance).
Capacity Building: build up of sustainable capacity in geodata management and strategic planning within administrative units and university programmes.

freiland CE ltd. is concerned with the thematic fields of Environment, Natural Resources & Cultural Heritage, as well as Agriculture & Fisheries, which are part of the integrative approach chosen for the elaboration of the Oman National Spatial Strategy.

Activities conducted:
  • Environmental assessment (in the field of terrestrial and coastal biodiversity, agricultural development, climate, natural hazards and risk areas, water resources, natural and cultural heritage, environmental management, institution and capacity building) at national, regional and urban level.
  • Conducting documentary research, field research, mapping and surveys.
  • Formulation of key planning issues, strategic priorities and implementation recommendations for a long term sustainable environmental development.
  • Introduction of procedures, instruments and policies for the implementation of the legal and administrative framework of the long-term national and urban spatial strategy.
  • Design and initiation of capacity building programmes across national and regional tiers of government as basis for the development of new planning institutions and for enhancing skills, leadership and mechanisms for human development in urban, regional and national planning processes.
  • Facilitation of interaction and collaboration between national, regional and local authorities.

Establishment of work plans as well as reporting -, data gathering - and indexing procedure to ensure data and information exchange and update of data.