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Following the decision of the Board on 13 February 2018, the Urban planning and spatial development department will be set up within EAR-AER.

The Urban planning and spatial development department will assists the regional and local authorities on urban planning and the development of environmental, social, cultural, economic sustainability that is linked to this expertise. The department focuses herein on innovation and smart ideas.

By insisting on the importance for the national, regional and local authorities of policy and decision making in urban planning, the department tries to unlock the potential development capacity of the regions and cities for the future generations, not only in the matters of infrastructure, well connected transportation, spatial economics, development of cities and habitable areas,  but also to reinforce cultural identities, social cultural and natural heritage, traditions, lifestyles, biodiversity as an important factor to generate creativity, diversity  and wealth.