Better ways to move, better places to live: Sustainable mobility in Mediterranean coastal areas to work, study and visit

The Urban Transports Community is organizing a workshop in the framework of the UNIMED General Assembly in Venice

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Densely populated, economically very active and rich in natural and cultural heritage, Mediterranean coastal areas attracts masses of people to visit, study and work and their ports receive most of the goods and resources for the European market. Developing sustainable urban transports has therefore become crucial to improve the quality of life. Started in November 2016, the Interreg MED-funded projects of the MED Urban Transports Community (UTC) have designed, developed and tested a series of tools to make the mobility in Mediterranean coastal areas sustainable in places such as touristic towns, ports and university campuses. In the framework of the UNIMED General Assembly, Venice 25 or 26 October 2018, the GO SUMP project organizes a workshop were the “Results Analysis Report” will be discussed with representatives of Interreg MED projects, policy makers and scholars from Mediterranean Universities members of UNIMED, to draft an action plan for future steps to be taken.

The workshop will be the occasion for the representatives of the projects to present the partial results developed from November 2016 up to now. Additionally, it will create a space for reflection and brainstorming on the enhancement of this approach in Mediterranean coastal areas. Coastal regions in the Mediterranean attract masses of people to study, work and visit their cities, with challenges and opportunities, are at the core of the Interreg MED Programme and its communities. They are rich in natural and cultural heritage, very densely populated, particularly active economically, and their ports receive most of the goods and resources traded in the European market. As stressed by EPOMM (European Platform on Mobility Management - a network of governments in European countries that are engaged in Mobility Management) in its September 2018 e-Update newsletter, in these spaces the relation between urban mobility and tourism is immediate and the need to connect the MED Urban Transports Community with the MED Sustainable Tourism Community becomes even more direct. Mobility management embraces also touristic issues and finding solutions means improving notably the quality of life of both residents and tourists.

The projects advanced in the field of Interreg MED-funded projects of the MED Urban Transports Community are well connected to this debate. They have designed, developed and tested a series of tools to make the mobility in Mediterranean coastal areas more sustainable in places such as touristic towns, ports and university campuses. Besides the projects LOCATIONS, REMEDIO, CAMP-sUmp and SUMPORT share some relevant outcomes with SIROCCO, from the MED Sustainable Tourism Community. The possibility to sit these projects at the same table and dialogue about the existing and possible synergies among them, looked inspiring. The MED Urban Transports Community, promoting the encounter and discussion with representatives of Interreg MED projects, policy makers and scholars from Mediterranean Universities members of UNIMED, has imagined this workshop as an occasion to draft an action plan for future steps to be taken.

Welcomed by Mr. Carlos Sanchez Pacheco, from the Malaga City Council and Mr. Ermete Mariani, from UNIMED, the representatives from MED Urban Transports Community (Heloise Chaumier, CODATU & Peter Staelens, Eurocities) will present the partial results and achievements to the plenary session, in the first part of the afternoon. The second part of the afternoon will host a round table moderated by Peter Staelens, from Eurocities. Ms. Francesca Liguori (from ARPA Veneto partner in REMEDIO project), Mr. Vittorio Papaleo (tbc, from Fondazione Università Magna Graecia partner in CAMP-sUmp project), Ms. Olga Izquierdo Sotorrio and Ms. Ivana Strkalj (respectively from CEI and the Municipality of Koper, partners in SUMPORT project), Mr. Marjan Dumanic (from RERA S.D., partner in SIROCCO project) and Prof. Rosario Sinatra (from Catania University, UNIMED associate and coordinator of UNIMED SubNetwork on Transports&Logistics) will have a space to think farther.

The mission and ultimate aim of the workshop is thinking together “Better ways to move, better places to live” in Mediterranean coastal areas. The task to wrap-up the ideas and thoughts that the communities wish to listen and share, will be upon the GO SUMP project team.