The Sultanate of Oman, situated on the Arabian Peninsula, has experienced an enormous development, but a holistic spatial development concept has been missing so far. The government of the Sultanate of Oman has tendered for such concept publicly and an international consortium (Consatt ltd. as main contractor, Technical University of Vienna, PRISMA solutions, CEIT Central European Institute of Technology, freiland CE ltd. and IBV Fallast Transport Planning Consultancy) has won the contract.
The objective of ONSS is to provide a solid framework for land use strategy that will ensure a sustainable socio-economic development at national and regional levels to propose specific policies conducive to the implementation of the proposed strategy in the light of the broad goals of the national long term strategy Oman Vision 2020.
In the first phase of the project a variety of data is gathered from the authorities and assessed for its spatial reference and future suitability in the planning process. Data gaps are identified and first visions for the future spatial development of the Sultanate of Oman elaborated.
The main Outputs will be:
- Nation 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
- National Planning Geo-Information System: Preparation and development of a national planning geo-information system, e.g. geo-database to assess and monitor environmental, socio-economical and spatial relevant regulations (e.g. for land use).
- 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.