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2nd Joint Planning Conference


The 2nd Joint Planning Conference on

Regional Development in Iraq -

Academics meet Practitioners

Erbil, 3rd to 5th October 2011.



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In fall 2011 the pliq project conducted a three days conference on „Regional planning in Iraq - Academics meet Practitioners“ in Iraq.

More than 100 academics, politicians, representatives of the economy and other sectors came together to discuss regional planning issues. The focus lay on current regional development strategies, uncovered problem areas and recommended practical and feasible solutions.

Several presentations, panel discussions and also working in small groups created an atmosphere for intensive discussions between all participants from different professional backgrounds. At the end of the conference the results of all working groups were presented and discussed. The necessity of expanding regional development processes in Iraq was the overall topic of most presentations held by representatives of the University of Diyala, the University of Dohuk, the University of Kufa, the University of Koje, the University of Mosul, the Salahaddin University, the University of Technology Bagdad, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and TU Dortmund University.

Also representatives of different Iraqi ministries were aware of the importance of strategic spatial planning.  Though, they saw several problems coming along with regional development strategies.
Moreover, based on analysis of the Iraqi planning history concrete proposals for solving identified problems were given by the UN-Habitat delegation during their presentations.

All participants were in agreement that framework conditions for the education of a new generation of planners are required. Therefore a new Bachelor’s Degree Programme will be initiated at the University of Dohuk. This decision was made after an intensive discussion between all pliq-partners.



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