Partcipipatory Planning - Example: Examples of Participatory Planning in Regional Planning



  • Preliminary planning for a District
  • Transect of a protected area,
  • Railway station,
  • Village development plan and
  • Un-planned settlement area


In the project, participatory planning processes were used successfully on a number of different occasions, including:

 Preliminary planning for a District.

In this example the participatory process was used to decide upon the objectives, problems, and potential solutions. The participatory process included informal discussions with the communities and formal meetings with decision-makers.

Photo 5: Planners, assisted by external experts, identify and analyze the water problems in one of the villages.


Photo 6: People are consulted to give their view to local experts during the field work


Photo 7: People are consulted to solve the water problem with local experts of the local water project





Protected area

For the proposed area to be protected, participatory methods were used to define the objectives of the area to be protected, determine the problems and constraints affecting the area and determining the alternative solutions that can be practically implemented. Both formal and informal meetings were used during the participatory process.


Photo 8: Experts are discussing a few points with visitors in the protected area



Photo 9: Dialogues with local people are conducted in order to give their view to planners in the protected area for the identification of problems and solutions



Photo 10: Dialogues with visitors show opinions to local experts in the protected area




Railway station

Participatory planning techniques were used in order to plan the area surrounding the proposed railway station. The participants were requested to determine the main land use problems involved planning the new station location, determining the objectives of the exercise, and appraising the alternatives presented by the planners. Informal discussions were conducted with the people in the area and formal discussions were conducted with the decision-makers.

Photo 11: A railway station under construction. The new railway tracks will reach the city soon.



  • Village development plan: In order to be able to determine the problems and objectives of the village development a series of discussions and meetings were conducted. The information provided by the participants was subsequently integrated into the village development plan
  • Un-planned settlement area: An area within the city has been developed informally and without any planning permission. This unplanned area (often also referred to as squatter settlements) has become so extensive that some form of planning became necessary. Participatory methods were applied to determine the problems that the residents in the area were experiencing. Jointly with the decision makers solutions to the problems were developed during various participatory meetings.