Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development in Central America

IP Wave

Countries: El Salvador Nicaragua Costa Rica Honduras Guatemala

Client: GIZ

Counterpart Organization: Central American Integration System (SICA)

Project Duration: 07/2012 - 12/2015

Value of Service: 1,123,000 €

The objective of the project is the implementation of improved strategies and instruments for sustainable spatial planning and regional development on sub-national and national level as well as across the borders. The implementation will be done by the national institutions responsible for spatial planning within a regionally agreed conceptual framework. The project is divided into four areas:

  1. regional agreements between SISCA – CCVAH and other integration institutions
  2. increased involvement of women in planning and land management
  3. development of new spatial planning instruments and strategies on national level
  4. improvement of the quality of the spatial planning processes in selected areas, especially from the perspective of their relationship to local interests and the effectiveness of the implementation.

Main Services Provided:


  • Consulting services provided to SISCA regarding the structuring of the exchange of experiences and the cooperation between the CCVAH member countries concerning the implementation of the Central-American spatial planning strategy
  • Technical and process consulting provided to the national institutions responsible for spatial planning in the CCVAH member countries regarding the identification and implementation of change projects
  • Consulting services provided to national and sub-national actors concerning the conception and implementation of innovative cooperation processes in three sub-national pilot regions. This comprises the technical and process consulting services provided to the partners regarding:
  1. the identification and selection of suitable pilot regions
  2. the integration of spatial and technical planning, using a multi-level approach, as well as the application and/or introduction of participative planning processes
  3. the support of inter-municipal cooperation and of suitable structures for the development of cross-border cooperation projects
  4. check the feasibility and the cost-benefit calculation of alternative forms of providing joint services offered to the population 
  5. planning and implementation of the required institutional changes (in organisation, ways of proceeding and processes) insofar as these are directly linked to the topics of spatial planning and regional development
  • knowledge management, especially vial the preparation and dissemination of practical examples
  • conception of further education measures ject planning and management