Official title of the project

Step to GIS as advance tool in planning and guiding sustainable development

Project information

Region / City
Total budget of programme / project

Budget / EC contribution

EUR  146.355,00/ EUR  124.621,28

Implementation period
2011. Apr - 2012. Mar
Expected results

R1: Digital GIS database formed as a base for issuing urbanism documents and the base for further development of GIS

R2: Employees in the Municipal Administration are trained and apply acquired knowledge to increase the efficiency and to simplify procedures in the area of urbanism and construction permits issuing

R3: Successfully promoted project results, GIS possibilities and its further development  presented  

  • Citizens (approximately 22,000),
  • Potential investors
  • 1 construction office and 1 agency for geodetic measuring (5 employees)
  • Companies and entrepreneurs (approximately 689 entities)

Tourists and visitors (over 100,000 per year- almost 10 times more than few years ago)


Municipality of Arilje, RS-2009-FKI-1007569032, Serbian

Summary of the project

Municipality administration of Kuršumlija has the jurisdiction over the development of the local self government and planning of that development. Therefore, Office for Urbanism, Construction, Housing and Communal Affairs is organized and under its jurisdiction is forming the spatial and urban plans that are the key factor for the planning of the local economy growth, and consequently the development of tourism, which is significant economical branch in this economically underdeveloped municipality.

All problems and difficulties that Municipality of Kuršumlija run into are caused by the insufficient level of efficiency of the services, which directly influences the (dis)satisfaction of the citizens and industry with the level and quality of the services. Therefore, it is necessary for the Municipality to speed up the modernization, and boost the level of applying the informational methodologies, starting with the digitalization of the data, forming the unique database and making conditions for implementation of the GIS in order to increase the efficiency and quality of the services, which means the introduction of Internet and web based services.

Programme/Project objectives

The Municipality of Kursumlija is a favourable environment for living and the development of tourism.


Kursumlija Municipality, although one of the most underdeveloped local communities in Serbia, has substantial tourism potentials that could be a base for further local economic development. Attractive travelling destinations (Devil Town, 3 spas), beautiful landscape, organic food production and traditional hospitality are preconditions that should be supported by adequate spatial and urban planning, as well as improved infrastructure management and communal services. Kursumlija’s strategic orientation toward sustainable development with priorities on local economic development based on environmental protection and strengthening of relevant capacities for implementation of new technologies that contribute to efficient and effective management in favour of quality services to citizens and business clients.

Specific objectives

Improved work efficiency and quality of local self-government services through the modernization of procedures and digitalization of urban and spatial planning data.


Tourism development has increased need for LSG services in spatial and urban planning. Accommodation building and infrastructure development increased work load in Administration dept. and in public company for construction and planning, imposing the need for increased efficiency and quality of services. The LSG needs to change organization approach, management, technical and IT solutions and professional capacities building to solve problems.

In the Strategy of Sustainable Development, priority is improvement of planning system, MDP and spatial development by digitalization of planning and infrastructure data, coordination of local institutions by creating a base for the development of GIS and application of new tools to improve spatial planning, land management and infrastructure systems management.