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D19 Slovenia: Workshop report 1: Development vision, objectives and concept for Koper Bay


This report is a deliverable from the MSP-MED project. It presents the results of the workshop "Development vision, objectives and concept for Koper Bay". The purpose of preparing the vision, goals and concepts of spatial development along the Bay of Koper is to define shared vision, using a participatory method, that will guide the preparation of spatial planning acts in municipalities (including the Regional Spatial Plan RSP) and the selection and preparation of projects related to coastal-marine management during the programming period 2021-2027.

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Questions this practice may help answer:

  • What are the starting points for the overall vision of Koper Bay and how can the detailed objectives be obtained?

Implementation Context:

Planning of the Slovenian maritime space is addressed by various documents defined at the national level. MSP is directly included in the Spatial Development Strategy of Slovenia 2050, emphasising the economic role of the Port of Koper and its integration into international maritime traffic flows, maintaining fisheries as part of its activity and identity.

Slovenian MSP includes:

  • Maritime transport
  • Fishing and mariculture
  • Tourism
  • Recreation areas for nature preservation
  • UCH
  • Free access to the sea
  • Balance between different activities
  • Limitation of environmental pressures

The visions developed in different documents are broad and their use for focusing and directing spatial development in narrower areas is limited.

Aspects / Objectives:

This workshop aims to identify the elements of a defined spatial development of the Koper Bay area, including sea and coastal zones, including visions from stakeholders and policy makers.


MSP-MED project and its content were presented. Then, the starting points for the overall vision of the Koper Bay area were detailed, based on the following documents:

  • Slovenia Development Strategy 2030
  • Slovenia Spatial Development Strategy 2050
  • Regional Development Programme for the Coastal-Karst Region 2021-2027
  • MSP of Slovenia

Then, the following were presented:

  • Concepts of spatial systems in Ankaran, Koper, Izola in connection with the spatial planning units of the MSP drafts:
    • Comprehensive and coherent regulation of the entire coastal zone in the bay
    • Selection, description, and evaluation of municipal projects

An analysis considered valid spatial acts: MSP Draft, Municipal spatial plan for Ankaran, Municipal spatial plan for Izola, Municipal spatial plan for Koper, Spatial Planning Conditions for Koper, Spatial Planning conditions for Zusterna, Detailed site plan of the coast Koper - Izola.

Main Outputs / Results:

Summary of the following elements for the vision of the development of the Koper Bay area:

  • Area of Koper Bay or its coasts are heavily urbanised and densely populated
  • Spatial development of the Koper Bay will determine the development of its port and competitiveness in the global flow of goods, as it is a pillar of the regional and national economy
  • Development at sea will be largely defined by maritime transport and trade, with a balance between fishing, mariculture, tourism, and recreation, with a protection for nature conservation and underwater cultural heritage
  • Preservation of the character of coastal towns with coastal promenades is important
  • Coasts have a lot of room for the development of recreational activities
  • Limit human activities with environmental pressure is essential
  • Sea-related tourism and infrastructure will be developed on already urbanised areas of the coast.

The mains elements for vision established are:

  1. Achieving a good environmental status of the marine environment
  2. Development of maritime transport in the port of Koper as an important pillar of the national economy
  3. Coexistence of different activities at sea and on the coast
  4. Permanent nature conservation and protection of cultural heritage

The following measures will be realised:

  1. Coastal footpath
  2. Sustainable transport
  3. Tourism, recreation, sports
  4. Nature protection
  5. Harmonisation of spatial planning acts with an integrated vision
  6. Management


The detailed approach and vision developed can be replicated and adapted to areas with similar dynamics and a coexistence of uses.

Responsible Entity:

RRC Koper

Costs / Funding Source:

EU - Grant Agreement 887390

Contact person:

Dr. Ljudmila Koprivec, Endrigo Miojević, Slavko Mezek - RRC KOPER