Implementation of the Bahrain National Planning Development Strategy (NPDS)


We worked as part of the WS Atkins team to help shape Bahrain’s plans for sustainable economic growth following its appointment by the Ministry of Municipalities and Agriculture (MoMA) to implement the Kingdom’s National Planning and Development Strategy (NPDS). The outputs from this work were the preparation of a National Integrated Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning strategy for the Kingdom of Bahrain (a framework document for integrated coastal and marine spatial planning supported by detailed planning documents for the coastal zone and marine space). Our contribution also included designing approaches for Stakeholder engagement and education; Institutional arrangements and writing of a series of policy guidance notes. We also worked with Envision Mapping Ltd to assess, manage and report on a national marina and coastal GIS infrastructure and capacity. This leads to the collation of existing marine and coastal GIS data that is used to develop coastal management plans, polices and to use scenario models to enable decision making using the best available data. We helped develop a system that used existing spatial data to assess the coastal zone using an objective and transparent system to determine how suitable and sustainable development in the coastal region is with relation to local needs and planning objectives.