Sharing challenges, developing solutions for sustainable mobility in Med Programme Communities

April 7, 2017 | By Blanka Koron

Urban Transport Community (UTC) members met at a kick-off meeting in Malaga, Spain, in early April 2017 with the aim of creating some initial common synergies. The UTC is composed of six modular projects (CAMPsUMP, MOTIVATE, LOCATIONS, MOBILITAS, SUMPORT, and REMEDIO), all of which are working towards sustainable mobility solutions that are tailor made to identify challenges in their respective areas. The horizontally designed GO SUMP project aims to provide support to the UTC by building its capacity, capitalising on achieved results and promoting them to the outside world.   

The UTC is a family member of Interreg Med Programme Communities, contributing to a low-carbon economy together with renewable energy and energy efficiency communities.

During the last programming period, there were difficulties in terms of capitalisation and the mainstreaming of results at transnational level. As for sustainable mobility as part of urban planning, the gap is even bigger in Mediterranean cities, even for those with classic urban configurations of proximity that could quite easily lend themselves to the implementaiton of a low-carbon transport strategy. Using a specialised partnership as the backbone of the working structure, GO SUMP will work to solve sustainable mobility gaps in urban planning by guiding and supporting modular projects as a community. This will help to improve visibility, capitalisation and mainstreaming of results through joint strategies based on synergies and networking.

GO SUMP acts as a bridge between the Med Programme and projects and their stakeholders through key thematic groups such as CIVITAS Initiative, Eltis, the SUMP Platform, the Covenant of Mayors etc.

By capitalising on good practices -- and especially on bad practices -- the horizontal project will contribute to establishing a unique identity for SUMPs in Mediterranean region cities by enhancing their peculiarities as a key towards implementing low-carbon transport and mobility measures.

TAGS: Sustainabile mobility | Meditteranean