This doctoral dissertation deals with comparison of attitudes of cultural/mational groups who share the
borders of a particular river area. The thesis is focused on the question of how different cultural and
interest groups prefer different elements of river area which affects the changes investigated area.
Attitudes are explored through visual evaluation of the transformation changes to the function of the
river area and the written questionnaire. In this way, methods of prediction and identification of
potential conflicts in planning of river area are developed, as well as the level of acceptability of the
planned changes in reference to the initial state of the area.
The dissertation deals with spatial planning in the following areas:
1. The theoretical background shows that national/cultural groups whose value system of higher
order affects the environmental orientation. It also demonstrates that differences in value
systems of interest groups can become background for a potential conflict when planning the
shared river area.
2. The practical part develops a method that defines the specific differences in value systems of
cultural and interest groups while evaluating the transformation of the river area in order to
achieve cultural sustainability of the planned area.