Sustainable Urban Transport
"A program for a shared Mediterranean culture of "good practices"
The rapid population growth in countries bordering the Mediterranean, particularly to the South and the East, and the resulting widespread urban sprawl yield a strong demand for urban transport in large cities. This growing mobility need combined with an alarming increase in motorized transport lead to high levels of congestion and pollution, slow down economic development and generate high costs for often imported energy. Moreover, uncontrolled and proliferating informal or small-scale transport and the exhaustion, if not the collapse, of public transport agencies and private companies aggravate difficulties and deepen social exclusion for those who do not have access to transport services or who do not have the means to pay for any type of transport.
Adequate management of urban transport is therefore a critical issue that concerns all aspects—technical, economic, social—of sustainable urban development. Effective management should be able to better control urban expansion, stabilize energy demand, preserve the environment and lead to improved access for the greatest number.
Even though central governments and local authorities in charge of these issues are aware of the need to develop their urban transport networks and do take many initiatives in this area, they often lack perspective because they do not always have the opportunity to exchange experience or to share their knowledge.
A PROGRAM FOR CAPACITY BUILDING AND REINFORCEMENT OF PUBLIC POLICIES
The objective of the Sustainable Urban Development program is to develop an overall integrated approach to planning, management and development of sustainable and efficient urban transport policies and systems. It will not only strengthen the Mediterranean knowledge network in this area and develop partnerships, but it will also contribute to develop a methodological toolbox with concrete tools designed for Mediterranean cities. The program also seeks to develop partnerships and to disseminate best practices.
The Sustainable Urban Transport program is one of several programs in a multi-partnership framework. It is headed by the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement : AFD), also in charge of the program's set up, finding funding sources, and its implementation, in collaboration with CODATU and with the support of centers of expertise and specialized research: CERTU, CETE, Plan Bleu.
AFD partners include the cities and countries organizing the events that punctuate the program (Syria, the cities of Marseille and Barcelona, etc.), and participating fund donors: the World Bank and the European Investment Bank.
This list will be updated regularly to reflect the program's active partners.
ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM
- A Series of Meetings:
The program is based on a series of meetings over a four-year period from 2010 to 2014: two regional conferences (opening and closing) and thematic workshops (3 in Marseille and Barcelona).
Program of Meetings:
- National Days of Sustainable Urban Transport, Tunis, December 11-13, 2012: "Governance and financing: the priorities of urban transport systems in Tunisia"
- Regional workshop in Marseille, June 4-5, 2012: "Sustainable Urban Transport in the Mediterranean"
- Regional Workshop in Barcelona, October 17-20 2011: Conference on Sustainable Urban Transport
- Regional Workshop in Marseille, November 29-30 & December 1st, 2010: Urban Transport in Historic Centers and Medinas - (French only)
- Inaugural Conference in Damascus, April 11-13, 2010
- A Manual of Good Practices:
Following the completion of this work a best practice guidebook in urban transport in the Mediterranean - (French only) was provided.
- Other books:
- Sustainable urban transport in the Mediterranean region - Summary of 2010-2011 Seminars - Draft document to be updated
- Medina Accessibility - A Guide for Policy Makers
- Report on accessibility to and within the medinas and historic city center - (French only)
- Areas of relevance of mass transport modes: case studies of three Mediterranean cities (Algiers, Istanbul, Rabat) - (French only)
- Brochure of the Sustainable Urban Transport program - Arabic version
- Article of Echo des Continents (AFD): A Damas, les 12 et 13 avril 2010 : La première conférence du CMI portée par l’AFD ! Son organisation originale et l’acuité des thèmes abordés en ont fait un succès (In French only)
- Article of Echo des Continents (AFD): L’AFD démarre la SEMAINE ECONOMIQUE DE LA MEDITERRANEE par un Atelier de 3 jours sur les transports urbains durables dans et vers les centres anciens : Programme AFD du Centre de Marseille pour l’Intégration en Méditerranée (CMI) (In French only)