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SEEFOR 2 (2): 61-71
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15177/seefor.11-07 

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Analysis of Participatory Processes in the Formulation of Spatial Plan for Nature Park Medvednica

Nataša Lovrić 1*, Marko Lovrić 1, Ivan Martinić 2

1 Croatian Forest Research Institute, Regional Office for South East Europe (EFISEE), Vilka Novaka 50 c, 42000 Varaždin, Croatia
2 Faculty of Forestry, University of Zagreb, Svetošimunska 25, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

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LOVRIĆ N, LOVRIĆ M, MARTINIĆ I 2011 Analysis of Participatory Processes in the Formulation of Spatial Plan for Nature Park Medvednica. South-east Eur for 2 (2): 61-71. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15177/seefor.11-07 

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Background and Purpose: This research aims to assess the stakeholders influence on spatial planning of Nature Park Medvednica, a mountainous protected area adjacent to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, which tries to hold on to the pressure of the urbanization. Because of the inexistence of spatial plan which is required with the Croatian laws, its area was significantly decreased in 2009. This kind of research has not been done yet for NP Medvednica, and it will provide a contribution to the process of developing a spatial Plan for NP Medvednica. 
Material and Methods: The study was conducted in the framework of stakeholder analysis, for which a series of in-depth interviews with - stakeholders were performed, and documents concerning the spatial plan were analysed. The data gained was processed in MAXQDA software for qualitative analysis.
Results and Conclusion: The gathered data explains which are the disadvantages of the tree processes of the formulation of the spatial plan and is giving a possible theoretical explanation or a model which can be implied in any decision making process involving stakeholders in natural resources management in within a given political and cultural context. Description of the past and current spatial planning situation of the NP Medvednica was specified and issues and stakeholders concerning the creation of the spatial plan where identified. The key conflict areas that affect the formulation of spatial plan were detected and examined. The level of participation of stakeholders in the context of fulfilment of their own interests was assessed as well as the influence on participation processes of different stakeholder groups on the formulation of the spatial plan. In order to have proper citizens and stakeholders participation some changes in the legislation should take place.

Keywords: stakeholders, participation, spatial planning, protected areas 


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