S Sustainable industrial park planning and development



Industrial parks (IPs) and special economic zones (SEZs) are increasingly seen as powerful tools towards reaching sustainable development goals. The effective planning and construction management of the industrial parks and SEZs is key towards executing an existing industrial park and SEZ strategy or program. 

The development and physical build-up of an industrial park is a complex and challenging undertaking. This course will explain key phases of the development process as well as provide best practices from real-world experience. 


Upon successful completion of the programme, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the different phases of planning and setting up an industrial park;
  • Explain key principles for conducting feasibility and engineering studies and how to work with contractors;
  • Provide insights into infrastructure planning principles and how these correspond with the needs of the target industries;
  • Introduce the increasing importance of sustainability and its impact on industrial zone planning

Course Methodology:

This programme follows a learner-centered design and is aimed to provide learners with practical hands-on know-how that they can use in their day-to-day functions. To achieve this goal, the course will be delivered by combining theoretical learning with practical real-world examples. The course combines different types of learning materials including text segments, videos, practical exercises, gamification and multiple-choice quizzes. 

The course is designed in a self-paced learning path delivered entirely online complemented by an online lecture by guest speakers. After registration, participants can start and complete modules and activities at their own pace. This online learning path offers:

  • A micro-learning experience characterized by small knowledge units (modules and micro-lessons) where participants consolidate and practice learnings through evaluations, exercises, and quizzes.
  • Scenario-based learning exposes participants to unique real-life cases and tasks of an industrial park professional.

The e-learning platform tracks the completion of individual modules. A final certificate will be given to participants completing all modules in the learning path.

The programme is delivered through UNIDO’s Industrial Parks Platform (IPP). By completing the learning path, participants will have access to an exclusive alumni network for continuous learning and exchange.

Course Contents:

The UNIDO e-learning course “Successfully planning the infrastructure and managing the construction of industrial parks” includes the following modules:

Module 1: Pre-feasibility and feasibility studies

Module 2: Land acquisition

Module 3: Master planning and zoning

Module 4: Infrastructure and utility planning

Module 5: Planning for sustainability and circular economy

Module 6: Environmental and social impact assessment

Module 7: Managing contractors

Module 8: Summary: Key success factors

Final evaluation 

Target Audience:

The primary target audience for the e-learning course is policy-makers, government officials, and professionals working in developing countries on the planning, implementation or operation of IPs or SEZs either within the government or within IPs or SEZ operating companies themselves. 

This course is for you if you want to:

  •  Understand the infrastructure planning and industrial park construction management process of a new IP or SEZ developments: This course will provide you with a detailed description of the industrial park or SEZ development and implementation process. 
  • Learn how to engage contractors for the physical build-up of your park or zone: The course will teach you best practices of engaging with contractors starting from the tendering phase to contractor steering during the actual construction. 
  •  Understand feasibility studies and environmental and social impact assessments and mitigation plans: You will learn the role that (pre)feasibility studies and environmental and social impact assessments play typically and how you can utilize them effectively.


Participants need to complete all modules, pass the marked evaluations at the end of each module as well as the final evaluation at the end of the course to be awarded a certificate.

Course Duration:

Each module is estimated to require approximately three to four hours of study time to complete at your own pace.

The start date of the training to be confirmed

Useful information:

Participants who wish to attend the e-learning course without being awarded a certificate can still do so. Please note that this course will not provide ECTS credits.




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UNIDO cross-disciplinary team on industrial parks (CDTIP)

Vienna International Centre




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