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Integrated land development is a key of sustainable resource management and should be tested in a pilot project in Hungary. The outcomes of the project will also be disseminated in Serbia and Romania and should give the principle of integrated land development a boost in the Tisza River Basin.


Since the privatization in the 1990s the Tisza river region suffers from over-fragmentation of parcels and unclear ownership. The problem occurs mostly at rural areas suffering from high flood risk at former floodplains. Land related issues are highly influenced by politics at all levels, so management related action programs have to struggle with these problem at each location, with cause huge delays, even financial loss.

The lessons learned from UNDP/GEF Tisza Biodiversity (2005-2008) project highlighted the need for integrated land management – landscape planning, utilization programming, land consolidation, property exchange. To support high level policy objectives (flood reduction, carbon sequestration, river basins management) and harmonize it with local stockholder’s goals requires new approaches at different scales (EU, national, regional, village, farm and parcel level), taking into account the transboundary effects as well (nation to nation, region to region).

Project Goal

The objectives and outputs are three folded:

  • to elaborate the legal situation related to integrated land development and provide useful recommendation on base of 5 Tisza country survey (based on the knowledge gained in Hungary involving legal experts a detailed, structured questionnaire/survey is going to be implemented at all demo partners);
  • to implement the principles of integrated land development at one pilot, to develop further pilots at our partners,
  • to disseminate the lessons learnt also in Serbia and in Romania to establish better cooperation, understandings of different circumstances and prepare further projects. logo_undp_gef.gif

Training materials will be available for all countries in the Tisza basin; local mediators to support bottom up land development processes are going to be trained based on the applications at the pilot sites in the Tisza region.

The project is implemented by SZÖVET- The Alliance for the Living Tisza Association in cooperation with MTA TAKI – RISSAC – Research Institute for Soil and Agrochemistry, AGORA – Working Group for Sustainable Development and Zenta Municipality in Serbia.  

Kick-off Meeting, Jun 15-16, 2009

On June 15-16 the kick-off meeting of the `ILD project` was organised in Senta, Serbia with the participation of all partners including the ICPDR Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and the UNDP. The meeting offered the possibility to discuss the key activities of the project as well as to define and agree the tasks. On June 16, a field trip was organised to visit possible project areas in Serbia for future integrated land development projects.

Integrated Land Development - Project document (PDF, 2.1MB)

Integrated land development programmeto improve land use and water management efficiency in the Tisza Basin (HU, RO, CS)


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Last Edit: 2009-07-21