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Two CDIA-Partner Cities Keen to Apply Lessons from Sustainable Urban Mobility and Climate Change Workshop

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The complex challenge of planning and managing sustainable urban mobility while mitigating climate change brought together urban practitioners, environmental experts, as well as experts on urban transport and planning in Bangkok, Thailand for the 4th Asian Connective Cities Practitioners’ Workshop last 27 to 29 September 2016. Connective Cities organized the event with the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI).

CDIA sent two of its partner cities, Jinan (China) and Tbilisi (Georgia) in the said event. Together with representatives from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Germany, they engaged in a lively three-day exchange on varied and complex tasks of sustainably planning and managing urban mobility and climate change.

The presentations on good practices were focused on city-level environmental transport governance strategies, alternative non-motorised means of transport, sustainable and socially-inclusive public transport and climate-friendly technologies in the transport sector.

After presenting their own city experiences, the participants worked on strategies to resolve concrete challenges related to their respective contexts. Subsequently, small groups of practitioners worked together to develop concrete action plans, aided by action planning tools. The results of the sessions were presented to other participants; and will be reviewed and further elaborated upon their return to their respective cities.

Connective Cities plans to facilitate the follow-up activities of the workshop through networking and virtual collaboration tools that will allow participants to stay connected, link up with relevant experts, and bring their action plans to the next level.

“What we can immediately do is to introduce the new technology to improve the operational efficiency of existing as well as future transit systems in Jinan City” said the representative from China.

“For Tbilisi City, it is very important to replace existing old bus fleets with ecologically-friendly buses. From the workshop we learned two interesting options for financing transport projects: increase taxes for private car users and use the resources for public transport system, and attract private sector cooperation through public-private partnerships,” shared the representative from Georgia.

 

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