Increased training, mentoring, and partnering programs for national and international city transport officials in the field of urban mobility can allow the community of mobility decision-makers and practitioners to more comprehensively incorporate current knowledge, trends, and developments.
- Capacity building efforts to date have primarily focused on passenger transport, but training modules could potentially be expanded to incorporate freight-focused topics.
- Training can focus on a range of modes and themes, including bus, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and mass transit planning and regulation; non-motorized transport; public awareness and behavior change; and TDM.
- Capacity building can help to address the challenges related to climate change mitigation in the transport sector, and can outline options and instruments to address these issues by presenting policy options and their potential to reduce CO2 emissions. Transport decision-makers in developing countries are increasingly confronted with extreme weather events, and training modules can raise awareness of expected impacts of climate change on urban transport and present possible adaptation measures.
- Urban mobility is a basic necessity for the social and economic development of people, cities and countries. Capacity building aims at sharing knowledge on sustainable urban mobility planning, stakeholder involvement (public and private) and the importance of participatory inclusion during the process. Training can introduce various aspects from the use of financial resources at local levels, the alignment of local activities and societal goals and challenges in mobility planning.
Status of deployment:
- Since 2003, GIZ SUTP has trained people from Africa, Asia and Latin America on topics ranging from fuel policies to public awareness, in 1 to 10-day courses to improve transport policies in those cities. In 10+ years of developing capacity in local governments, planners and citizens on sustainable urban transport, GIZ SUTP has delivered nearly 150 courses and has trained 5000 participants.
- Planned and completed workshops include topics such as bus maintenance in Latin America, joint training courses in Asia with the Islamic Development Bank, and a module at the EcoMobility Festival in Johannesburg.
- Today, about 3.9 billion (equivalent to 54%) of the world’s population resides in urban areas and projections suggest that world’s population could add another 2.5 billion to urban populations by 2050. Transport in urban areas accounted for about 2.3 Gigaton (Gt) of CO2 in 2010, about one third of carbon emissions and energy consumption from all segments of the transportation sector. BAU projections suggest that urban transport energy consumption to double by 2050, despite ongoing vehicle technology and fuel-economy improvements.
- In many cities, transportation is the largest or second largest source of local air pollutants such as carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrous oxide (NOx), and PM. Urban air pollution is now linked to up to 1 million premature deaths and 1 million premature deaths each year, which costs approximately 2% of GDP in developed countries and 5% in developing countries. Traffic congestion is another key source of urban transportation externalities with a share of 1-5% of GDP. Planning sustainable urban mobility contributes significantly to the reduction of urban transport externalities, i.e. air pollution and road congestions, improves road safety, and favors more inclusive urban transport and more prosperous cities.